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US court strips Pak native of citizenship who met Osama

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Published on February 10, 2020 with No Comments

A Pakistani native, who had once met al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, will be stripped off his US citizenship following his 2003 conviction of supporting the terror group and plotting to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge. Iyman Faris, a 50-year-old naturalised US citizen, was convicted in 2003 of providing material support to al-Qaida. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The US justice department said that among other actions in support of al-Qaida, Faris had evaluated in 2002 the practicality of a plot to collapse the Brooklyn Bridge in New York using gas cutters and communicated his assessment to al-Qaida via coded messages. In 2000, Faris had travelled to Afghanistan where he met bin Laden at the terror group’s training camp. He had also researched information about ultralight airplanes for a senior al-Qaida leader, and arranged for airline tickets to be issued to the al-Qaida operatives.

The court found that Faris’ admitted affiliation with al-Qaida within five years after naturalizing established that he was not attached to the principles of the Constitution. The court also found that Faris unlawfully procured his citizenship through willful misrepresentation of material facts.

 

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