Tuesday, May 22, 2007

US 'al-Qaeda' doctor found guilty


A Florida doctor has been convicted of supporting al-Qaeda by pledging allegiance to the group and agreeing to treat its wounded fighters.

Rafiq Abdus Sabir, 52, was found guilty of conspiracy to provide material support to al-Qaeda by a federal court.

He was recorded making a pledge to an FBI agent posing as an al-Qaeda recruiter during a sting operation.

During the trial, Sabir said he had not realised that "Sheikh Osama" referred to al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Sabir also testified that he had misunderstood the word al-Qaeda because of his limited Arabic. ......

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