Saturday, July 22, 2006
WBI INC RESEARCH CTR
New York City clothing store owner (a Pakistani immigrant) convicted of aiding Al Qaeda was sentenced yesterday to 30 years in prison, twice the max he had been facing.
The man, Uzair Paracha (top) , 26, was convicted in Federal District Court in Manhattan in November of trying to help Majid Khan, a Pakistani member of Al Qaeda, obtain documents in 2003 to travel to the United States from Pakistan. The father of Uzair, Saifullah Paracha, is being held in Gitmo as an enemy combatant, see his photo (bottom).
According to trial testimony and Justice Department documents, Mr. Khan had planned with top Qaeda leaders in Pakistan to bomb underground storage tanks at gas stations in Maryland.
Mr. Paracha impersonated Mr. Khan, including posing as him during telephone calls with the Immigration and Naturalization Service and using his credit card to make it appear as though Mr. Khan had never left the United States, when in fact he had gone to Pakistan without notifying immigration authorities.
Mr. Paracha was arrested in March 2003 and faced up to 75 years in prison after being convicted on five charges, including conspiracy to provide and providing material support to Al Qaeda and identification-document fraud for the purpose of engaging in international terrorism.
NYC CLOTHING IMPORTER TIED TO BALTIMORE MD TERROR PLOT/N Y TIMES
NEW YORK "PAKISTANI", UZAIR PARACHA, MADE DEAL WITH AL-QAEDA TO ACCESS HIS PORT OF NEWARK BOUND SHIPPING CONTAINERS TO BRING IN MATERIALS TO BLOW UP UNDERGROUND GAS STORAGE TANKS IN BALTIMORE MD.
Paracha set himself up in the midtown Manhattan office of his father's business partner in International Merchandise Group, an import-export company that shipped clothing in container ships for clients that included Kmart.
Uzair Paracha, 24, son of Saifullah Paracha, detained in New York March 29th 2003. In November 2005, Uzair Paracha was convicted of all five counts he faced. All five counts carry a maximum penalty of up to 15 years in prison. He awaits sentencing, while being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, on June 2nd, 2006, his Father is being held at "Gitmo" as an enemy combatant.
Bill Warner Director of CSPI..Covert Surveillance by Private Investigators at WBI Inc