Muslim lecturer indicted on charges of encouraging violence against US

A Muslim lecturer in Virginia has been indicted based on alleged links to a jihad network broken up last year and his supposed support for violence against the US. Ali al-Timimi was charged Thursday by the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia with telling a group of followers at a meeting that attacks on civilians were justified and providing information on how to reach a terrorist training camp in Pakistan.

A group of eleven men were arrested last year as part of an alleged jihad network charged with aiding a Pakistani terrorist group and training through paintball games. Nine of the 11 have since pleaded guilty or been convicted. Al-Timimi's lawyer disputed the charges and said the lecturer had a record of preaching non-violence. Al-Timimi is expected to be arraigned Oct. 1. The US Attorney's office has a press release on the al-Timini indictment here [PDF]; the indictment itself is online here [PDF]. CNN has more.

 

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