Friday, June 11, 2010

Queens NY Al-Muhajiroun Member Syed Hashmi Sentenced 15 Years for Helping Al-Qaeda Agent Mohammed Junaid Babar.

Syed Hashmi, 30, a former Brooklyn College student who was born in Pakistan and raised in New York, pleaded guilty in Manhattan Federal Court in April to a charge of conspiring to provide material support to the terrorist group.

Name.........................Register......Age-Race-Sex- Release Date......Location
SYED M. HASHMI- 60011-054... 30-  White  -M- UNKNOWN -NEW YORK MCC'

SYED MEHMOOD HASHMI  is still (since he pled guility in April) in the the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in New York City, it is an administrative facility housing male and female pre-trial and holdover inmates, not for serving out a sentance.

"I take full responsibility for my actions," Hashmi said as he raced through a disjointed explanation for his actions, often referring the Koran. 

"At times defiant and choked with tears, Hashmi addressed the court on Wednesday for 20 minutes, reading from hand- scribbled notes. He attributed his "many, many mistakes" to a misunderstanding of Islam and being manipulated by others. "I did it when I was ignorant of Allah and his message," said Hashmi, dressed in a white tunic, gray cardigan and prayer cap. "Muslims cannot wage war against non-Muslims in their host country."

Fahad Hashmi was arrested from London in June 2006 and brought to New York in May 2007. Fahad said during the trial that he had done this as he hated the American foreign policy.

Hashmi was accused of sheltering an Al Qaeda operative, Mohammed Junaid Babar, who organized terror training camps in Pakistan when Hashmi was a grad student in London, and letting him use his cell phone to arrange meetings with other alleged terrorists.  Hashmi is also charged with giving Mohammed Junaid Babar $300 and helping him store rain ponchos and socks collected for Al Qaeda soldiers. 

As part of a deal with U.S. prosecutors, Hashmi admitted that between January 2004 and May 2006, he helped Mohammed Junaid Babar, a friend from the New York City borough of Queens and a member of Al-Muhajiroun, transport the equipment to militants in Pakistan to use while fighting U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Hashmi lent Babar $300 and stored the materials in his London apartment, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors say SYED MEHMOOD HASHMI  joined the New York chapter of the Al Muhajiroun, a radical Islamist group dedicated to the overthrow of Western society.In London, they say, Hashmi was a go-between who relayed e-mails between an Al Qaeda organizer in Pakistan and London-based terrorist Omar Khyam.  Khyam is a member of a British Al Qaeda cell now serving life for plotting to detonate bombs at shopping malls and clubs across Britain, more from this soruce....

Islamist's Extradition from UK - a background, SYED MEHMOOD HASHMI. .Syed Fahad Hashmi was finally extradited to the US on Friday, May 25 2007. He had been arrested at London's Heathrow Airport on June 6, 2006, suspected of assisting an Al Qaeda terrorist plot, and assisting jihadists in Afghanistan and Iraq. Syed Hashmi resident of Flushing, Queens, he was a follower of the Islamic Thinkers Society (and a member of Al-Muhajiroun)-. After 9/11, he had invited a member of Al-Muhajiroun to talk at the campus of Brooklyn College, where he had been a student. His arrest last year happened as he was boarding a flight to Pakistan.

Hashmi was also a senior figure in Al Muhajiroun's US network. Investigations by private detective Bill Warner < > have been crucial in piecing together the links between the British membership of Al Muhajiroun with their counterparts in New York, and their combined links with terrorism.

The Operation Crevice terrorism trial, which concluded in London on April 30, 2007 < > had heard testimony from a former Al Muhajiroun member turned supergrass Mohamed Junaid Babar, his photo above.

In 2005 private detective Bill Warner took BBC journalist Richard Watson to the Masjid al-Fatima on 37th Avenue, Woodside Queens NY, which had been taken over by radicals from Hizb ut-Tahrir in the mid 1990s. Watson videotaped Bill Warner's interview with imam Aqeel Khan, who spoke of the problems of radicals at the mosque.

Mr Warner's sleuthing managed to show that Junaid Babar, who was an Al-Muhajiroun member from Queens, had attended the Woodside mosque, and here in 1999 had first met < > Sajil Shahid.

Shahid had founded the Al Muhajiroun office in Lahore in Pakistan, which became a center for ferrying British jihadists (including the five men convicted of the Operation Crevice plot, and also Mohammed Sidique Khan, leader of London's 7/7 bombers) from Lahore to the regions bordering with Afghanistan, where they met Taliban and Al Qaeda controllers.

Mr Bill Warner's investigations also showed that a meeting took place at the Masjid al-Fatima mosque from June 2 to 4, 2000, with lectures given by Sajil Shahid. This three day convention was also attended by an individual called "Brother Fahad", who is Syed "Fahad" Hashmi.

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