Sunday, May 6, 2012

Maryland terror teen who dreamed of joining Al Qaeda pleads guilty to web conspiracy with blue-eyed 'Jihad Jane'

A Pakistani teenager thought to be the youngest person ever accused of terror offences in the United States has pleaded guilty to conspiring online with the woman known as ‘Jihad Jane’.

Prosecutors stated today in the U.S. District court in Philadelphia that Mohammad Hassan Khalid was only 15 years old when he began swapping messages with Colleen LaRose, a Pennsylvania woman who pleaded guilty to planning a European jihad and for conspiring to murder a Swedish political cartoonist.

Outwardly living the American Dream, Khalid had secured a full scholarship to the prestigious Johns Hopkins University before he was arrested last summer by the FBI and put in federal custody at 17, which is rare for a juvenile.

Pleading guilty to a single count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. Khalid, now 18, faces up to 15 years in prison.

The gifted teenager led a secret life online and the high school honours student agreed to raise money and to help recruit terrorists for the planned jihad.

‘It’s absolutely tragic,’ said defence lawyer Jeffrey M. Lindy after the plea was entered. Read More