Choppy homemade videos, a mysterious trek to Bangladesh and ties to a convicted Balkan terrorist are at the center of a federal case against a 23-year-old accused supporting terrorism. Ehsanul Islam Sadequee will face up to 60 years in prison on four charges that he conspired to help overseas terrorists wage "violent jihad" on America.
Federal Jury found a Roswell man guilty of aiding overseas terrorists with their plans of violent jihad.
"I was not then, and I am not now, a terrorist," Ehsanul Islam Sadequee had told the jury during closing arguments. Ehsanul Islam Sadequee, 23, faces 60 years in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 15. The verdict came Wednesday after about five hours of deliberations and six days of testimony in U.S. District Court in Atlanta.
A jury of nine men and three women found Sadequee guilty of conspiracy to provide support to terrorists, attempting to aid terrorists and aiding Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, a Pakistan-based terrorist organization. Sadequee, who represented himself, stared quietly down at the desk as a clerk read the verdict Wednesday morning.
His mother and sister looked straight ahead and showed no signs of emotion. They declined to talk to reporters immediately after the verdict, but said they would hold a news conference later in the day.
According to prosecutors, Sadequee sent homemade casing videos of Washington landmarks and oil tanks to a convicted terrorist. They say he also planned to enroll in a terrorist camp and tried to recruit others to his cause, including a 17-year-old American. Prosecutors say Sadequee talked online with terrorists about obtaining weapons and attacking U.S. oil refineries.
Jurors declined to comment on their decision. I’m ready to get out of here. We’re thankful justice has been served,” one juror said as she rushed into an elevator. She did not give her name. Sadequee dismissed his court-appointed attorney, Don Samuel, on the first day of the trial last week and opted to represent himself. Samuel said he thought Sadequee’s choice to represent himself might have helped his case because jurors got to see how young, quiet and timid he is, (For a lying Muslim terrorist)