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Sentencing of trucker linked to al-Qaeda is delayed

The sentencing of US trucker Iyman Faris, who claimed to have ties to the al-Qaeda terror network, has been delayed indefinitely, a court source said. The Alexandria, Virginia court was originally set to deliver the sentence August 1. The move was delayed until September 26, but now the court said it was delaying again to allow both sides more time to make additional requests. Kashmir-born Faris pleaded guilty on May 1 to two counts: providing material support or resources to al-Qaeda, and conspiracy to provide material support or resources to al-Qaeda. The charges carry a maximum combined penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of 500,000 dollars, according to his plea agreement. Born June 4, 1969, Faris is a naturalized US citizen who was living in Columbus, Ohio when in late 2002 he was supporting attacks on the United States by al-Qaeda, prosecutors say. He said he met with Osama bin Laden at a training camp in Afghanistan in late 2000. In early 2001 Faris supplied the network with formation about using ultralight aircraft to allow terrorists to make a getaway after carrying out an attack, the Justice Department maintains. At the same time, he provided al-Qaeda with material support including cash; 2,000 sleeping bags, five or six plane tickets and cellular phones. Full Story

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