NY accountant sentenced to 18 years in prison for aiding al-Qaida

By REUTERS
September 30, 2013 19:53

 
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NEW YORK - An accountant who scoped out the New York Stock Exchange as a potential target for al-Qaida was sentenced on Monday to 18 years in prison.

Sabirhan Hasanoff, a dual US and Australian citizen living in New York, provided financial support to al-Qaida and conducted surveillance of the New York Stock Exchange in 2008, prosecutors said. He also sought to travel overseas to receive military training to fight Americans, they said.

US intelligence officials said in June that Hasanoff's arrest was indirectly the result of monitoring by the US National Security Agency of a "known extremist in Yemen."

Hasanoff, who had previously worked at accounting firms including KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers, pleaded guilty in June 2012, nearly two years after he was arrested on charges of conspiring to provide material support to al-Qaida.

US District Judge Kimba Wood said on Monday that Hasanoff appeared to be "a charitable, loving, good family man" before he became radicalized.

"None of that, however, deterred him from planning to leave his family and die fighting jihad against Americans," Wood said.

Wood also ordered Hasanoff to forfeit $70,000.

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