NEW YORK (AP) _ A defiant doctor convicted of conspiring to
treat injured al-Qaida fighters was sentenced today to 25 years in
prison by a judge who said a sentence to deter others was needed
because terrorists cannot carry out their deadly aims without help.
The judge noted that Dr. Rafiq Sabir, of Boca Raton, showed no
remorse after his May conviction for conspiring to provide material
support to terrorists by agreeing to treat injured al-Qaida members
so they could return to Iraq to battle Americans.
Just before the announcement of the sentence in a crowded
courtroom, Sabir insisted he was ``completely innocent.''
He said a co-defendant, jazz musician and martial arts expert
Tarik Shah, had duped him into taking an oath with an FBI agent who
posed as an al-Qaida recruiter, never explaining that he was
pledging loyalty to al-Qaida or its leader, Osama bin Laden.