NY appeals court upholds jihad camp conviction

January 19, 2011 20:59

A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a Lebanese-born Swede who was sentenced to life in prison for plotting to open a terrorism training camp in the U.S. in 1999 to help al-Qaida.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan issued an order Wednesday that upheld the jury's 2009 conclusions.Oussama Kassir was convicted of supporting al-Qaida by trying to help open the camp in Bly, Oregon, in late 1999 and early 2000.

Prosecutors said Kassir tried to set up the camp so al-Qaida could take advantage of relaxed U.S. gun laws and train European recruits for Islamic militancy.

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