Chicago man admits giving cash to al-Qaida militant

By REUTERS
February 7, 2012 04:02

 
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CHICAGO - A Chicago cab driver pleaded guilty on Monday to giving money to a senior Pakistan-based al-Qaida operative implicated in militant plots in South Asia and Europe who was killed in a suspected US drone strike in June.

Raja Lahrasib Khan, 58, a native of Pakistan who is a naturalized US citizen, never posed any imminent domestic danger, authorities said at the time of his arrest in March 2010.

Khan admitted that he met with Ilyas Kashmiri, an alleged leader of both al-Qaida  and one of its Pakistan-based affiliates, in Pakistan in the early to mid-2000s and again in 2008.



Khan gave Kashmiri about 20,000 Pakistani rupees - approximately $200 to $250 - in 2008, and directed another person to give Kashmiri the equivalent of $300 in 2009, prosecutors said.

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