Haroon Aswat pleaded guilty Monday to terrorism charges related to his efforts to establish a terrorist training camp in the U.S., the Department of Justice said. Mr. Aswat was arrested in Zambia in 2005, deported to the U.K. a month later and then extradited to the U.S. in 2014. He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and one count of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Each count carries a maximum term of 10 years in prison. “With this guilty plea, Haroon Aswat is being held accountable for his provision of material support to al Qaeda and his role in a plot to establish a terrorist training camp on American soil,” said Assistant Attorney General John Carlin. After the completion of his prison sentence, Mr. Aswat will be deported.
According to the DOJ, Mr. Aswat and co-defendants Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, also known as Abu Hamza, Ouassama Kassir and Earnest James Ujaama attempted to create a terrorist training camp on a rural parcel of property located in Bly, Ore. Correspondence among the men indicated they were stock-piling weapons and ammunition in Bly, which was described as resembling Afghanistan.
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