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Maryland terror trainee sentenced to 15 years in prison for material support

[JURIST] A US federal court Wednesday sentenced [sentencing memorandum, PDF] Maryland resident Mahmud Faruq Brent to fifteen years in prison for attending a Pakistani training camp and otherwise helping a terrorist organization. Brent, also known as Mahmud Al Mutazzim, was charged [JURIST report] with providing material support [18 U.S.C. 2339B text] to a designated foreign terrorist organization during his 2002 stay at a Lashkar-e-Taiba [FAS profile] camp. He pleaded guilty to the charges in April.

Co-defendant Tarik Shah, who assisted in Brent's martial arts training, was arrested in May 2005; his cooperation with the FBI led to Brent's August 2005 arrest. Shah has pleaded guilty and will be sentenced in September, alongside co-defendant and medical doctor Rafik Sabir. A fourth defendant, Abdulrahman Farhane, was sentenced to 13 years in prison in April 2007. The Baltimore Sun has more.

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