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Former US College Student Convicted in Terror Plot


A former Georgia Tech University student has been found guilty of conspiring to support terrorism in the United States and abroad.

A federal judge in Atlanta in the southern U.S. state of Georgia, delivered the verdict Wednesday to 24-year-old Syed Haris Ahmed, following a trial last week.

Prosecutors based the charge on a series of videos of Washington, D.C. landmarks taken by Ahmed and his co-defendant, Ehsanul Islam Sadequee, in 2005. The prosecutors said the two hoped to earn the respect of terrorists overseas by showing how close they could get to potential U.S. targets.

Ahmed's lawyer argued that his client had never committed an act of terror and that he was simply an immature student who had been led astray by anti-Western propaganda on the Internet.

Ahmed could face up to 15 years in prison. He will be sentenced after his co-defendant's trial in August. Both men are U.S. citizens.

Ahmed had waived his right to a jury trial so he could give his own closing statement.

Prosecutors said Ahmed had traveled to Pakistan in 2005 with the intention of joining a group with terrorist connections. He chose not to join the group, but prosecutors say he later regretted that decision.


Some information for this report was provided by AP

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