US-born Al Qaeda member jailed for 20 years

February 27th, 2009 - 1:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, Feb 27 (Xinhua) A US-born Al Qaeda member was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday in Ohio for a terror plot for bombing attacks in the US and Europe.
Christopher Paul, 44, who also named himself Abdul Malek and Paul Kenyatta Laws, was sentenced in a federal court in Columbus, Ohio, the justice department said in a news release.

He was also charged with providing material support and resources to terrorists.

The justice department accused Paul and two other men of discussing terrorist attacks in August 2002 and also found explosive devices in his possession.

Paul pleaded guilty last June to one count of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction in terrorist attacks. His accomplices in the scheme also pleaded guilty.

He grew up in the Columbus suburb of Worthington and studied for a year at Ohio State University as an engineering major before joining Al Qaeda in the early 1990s.

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