This photo provided by the Kansas City Police Department shows Khalid Ouazzani, a Kansas City auto parts dealer who had sworn allegiance to al-Qaeda. (photo credit: AP/Kansas City Police Department)
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) — A businessman who swore an oath of allegiance to al-Qaeda and three years ago pleaded guilty to providing financial support to the international terror group was sentenced Monday to 14 years in prison, despite a plea from his attorney for leniency because of the risk he took by becoming an informant against the organization.
Khalid Ouazzani, 35, who pleaded guilty in May 2010 to bank fraud, money laundering and conspiracy to support a terrorist group, was sentenced in federal court in Kansas City.
Federal prosecutors claimed Ouazzani provided more than $23,000 to al-Qaeda and had pledged more, with the hope of eventually traveling to the Middle East to join the fight against the US.
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