Australian jailed for 5 years on terror offenses

A judge sentenced an Australian man to five years in prison Friday for intentionally receiving money from al-Qaida and for possession of a false passport. Muslim convert and former Melbourne taxi driver Joseph Terrence Thomas, 32, was convicted of the charges earlier in March by a Victoria state Supreme Court jury. Judge Philip Cummins sentenced Thomas to five years imprisonment, ordering him to serve at least two. Thomas admitted that he attended an al-Qaida training camp in Afghanistan just months before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington, and that he met Osama bin Laden on a number of occasions.