July 14, 2005

Islamic Scholar Gets Life Sentence for Soliciting Treason

From Yahoo news, there is an interesting story about an Islamic Scholar who has now received a life sentence:

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A prominent Islamic scholar who exhorted his followers after the Sept. 11 attacks to join the Taliban and fight U.S. troops was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison. Ali al-Timimi was convicted in April of soliciting treason, inducing others to aid the Taliban, and others to use firearms in violation of federal law. . . Al-Timimi's lawyers argued their client merely suggested Muslims may want to leave the United States after Sept. 11 because of the potential for a backlash against them. But he was accused of telling a group of young Muslim men just days after the attack an apocalyptic battle between Muslims and nonbelievers was at hand, and that Muslims were obligated to engage in holy war. He told the group defense of the Taliban was a requirement and U.S. troops were a legitimate target, according to court testimony. Several of the men who heard Al-Timimi's speech traveled days later to Pakistan and began training with a militant Islamic group, officials said. None made it to Afghanistan.

In my opinion, he got what he deserved.
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