Terrorism Arrest

NEW YORK (AP) _ A New York judge has sentenced a Florida doctor
to 25 years in prison after he was convicted of conspiring to help
al-Qaida fighters.
The doctor (Rafiq Sabir) was convicted in May of conspiring to
provide material support to terrorists by agreeing to treat injured
al-Qaida members so they could return to Iraq to battle Americans.
He (Sabir) contends his co-defendant duped him into taking an
oath with an FBI agent who posed as an al-Qaida recruiter. He says
he is ``an extremely gullible man'' and never knew he was pledging
loyalty to al-Qaida.
The judge in the case says such cases deserve a stern punishment
to deter others who would help terrorists. She says were it not for
assistance to terrorists, terrorist acts would not take place.


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