A Florida doctor has been convicted of providing material support to Islamic terrorists by agreeing to treat al-Qaida fighters injured in Iraq
Dr. Rafiq Abdus Sabir was convicted in Manhattan federal court after a three-week trial. When the verdict was read, Sabir just looked straight ahead. Later, as he was escorted from the courtroom, he waved to supporters.
The charges against Sabir, including conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, carry a potential top sentence of 30 years in prison.
The verdict came after jurors heard audio tapes of a 2005 ceremony in a Bronx apartment in which Sabir and his best friend, Tariq Shah, a martial arts expert, pledged loyalty to al-Qaida and, the government alleged, Osama bin Laden.
Shah pleaded guilty just before trial to providing material support to a terrorist organization and agreed to serve 15 years in prison.
A Brooklyn bookstore owner who pleaded guilty was sentenced to 13 years in prison. A Washington, D.C., cab driver has pleaded guilty and agreed to serve 15 years in prison.
Sabir, of Boca Raton, Fla., testified at trial that Shah never told him he was talking with an al-Qaida recruiter.
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