Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 18 August 2019

New York man gets 20 years prison for helping ISIS

Saddam Mohamed Raishani tried to support ISIS by helping another person travel to Syria

An ISIS member waves the extremist group's flag in Raqqa, Syria June 29, 2014. Reuters
An ISIS member waves the extremist group's flag in Raqqa, Syria June 29, 2014. Reuters

A New York City man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for trying to aid ISIS by helping a co-conspirator travel abroad to fight for the militant group in 2015.

Saddam Mohamed Raishani was sentenced Tuesday by US District Judge Ronnie Abrams.

He had pleaded guilty in November to conspiring to provide support to the group.

US Attorney Geoffrey Berman says Raishani left his wife and child in the US as he sought to travel to the Middle East in June 2017 so he could train and fight for ISIS. He was apprehended by law enforcement.

Mr Berman said Raishani tried to show support for the organisation by helping another person make the trip in October 2015 before going himself.

Updated: April 3, 2019 12:11 PM

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