Ex-honors student sentenced to five years in terror case

PHILADELPHIA - A man from Ellicott City was sentenced today to five years in prison for conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. 

According to the Department of Justice, Mohammad Hassan Khalid, 20, a Pakistani citizen and U.S. lawful permanent resident  participated in a scheme to support, recruit and coordinate members of a conspiracy in their plan to wage violent jihad in and around Europe. 

He pleaded guilty on May 4, 2012.

Khalid conspired with Jamie Paulin-Ramirez and Colleen LaRose, aka “Jihad Jane”, who were charged separately, in a conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists.  LaRose also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to kill in a foreign country, making false statements and attempted identity theft and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Paulin-Ramirez pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Khalid’s co defendant, Ali Charaf Damache, aka “Theblackflag,” an Algerian man who resided in Ireland, is in custody in Ireland, pending extradition to the United States.

From about 2008 through July 2011, Khalid and Damache conspired with LaRose, Paulin-Ramirez, and others, to provide material support and resources to terrorists, including logistical support, recruitment services, financial support, identification documents and personnel. 

According to the Department of Justice, Khalid, Damache, LaRose, and others recruited men online to wage violent jihad in South Asia and Europe.  In addition, Khalid, Damache, LaRose, and others allegedly recruited women who had passports and the ability to travel to and around Europe in support of violent jihad.  
 

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