Texas man convicted of attempting to aid al Qaida

By REUTERS
November 15, 2011 03:18

 
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SAN ANTONIO - A Muslim convert from Texas who once e-mailed a radical Muslim cleric saying he wanted "to do my part for jihad" was convicted on Monday of attempting to provide material support to al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

Barry Walter Bujol, 30, faces 15 years in prison on a terrorism charge as well as five additional years for aggravated identity theft, of which he was also convicted.

Bujol's conviction follows a more than two-year investigation during which the man from the east Texas town of Hempstead repeatedly pledged his commitment to "violent jihad," according to US Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

Bujol was convicted by US District Judge David Hittner following a four-day trial. Bujol acted as his own lawyer and failed to introduce any evidence or question any witnesses.

Magidson said federal investigators were on to Bujol from the moment he sent an e-mail to the now-dead radical Islamic cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki, asking for advice on raising money for the "mujahedeen" without attracting police attention, and commenting on his duty as a Muslim to "make violent jihad."

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