NYC Man Gets 27 Years In Homegrown Terror Case

By Salon Staff

Published March 2, 2012 9:45PM (EST)

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City man has been sentenced to 27 years in prison in a failed attempt to join al-Qaida to avenge Muslim abuse.

A judge sentenced Betim Kaziu (beh-TEEM' ka-ZOO') on Friday in federal court in Brooklyn. Prosecutors had sought a life sentence.

A jury found Kaziu guilty of conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization. He also was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder and other charges.

Kaziu had denied ever being a threat. Prosecutors say Kaziu tried but failed to join al-Qaida groups in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans.

He eventually made his way to Kosovo, where he recorded what the government claimed was a farewell martyrdom video. He also bought a plane ticket to Pakistan but was captured before making the trip.

Salon Staff

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