A FIRST: US jails Muslim youth for 30 years for trying to join IS
A man in America from Southern California has been convicted of trying to join the terrorist group Islamic State and sent to prison for 30 years. Nader Elhuzayel, 25, of Anaheim was sentenced to prison by U.S. District Judge David O. Carter, who noted that Nader showed “no regret for his actions and that his repeated mention of martyrdom in the past makes him especially dangerous”.
Elhuzayel bought plane ticket to the Middle East raised money by depositing stolen checks in his accounts. Elhuzayel was convicted of 26 counts of bank fraud as well. His family reacted with disbelief to the judge’s decision. His mother, Falak, exclaimed: “there is no justice in this country, no justice whatsoever” as she left the courtroom.
“He is a peace-loving human being,” said Nader Elhuzayel’s father, Salem, outside the courtroom. “We experienced a miscarriage of justice.”
In addition to the 30 years in prison, he’ll have to be on supervised release for life if he ever gets out on parole. Elhuzayel appears to be the first person in the U.S. tried and convicted of trying to join ISIS to be sentenced to prison. Others have plead guilty to similar charges prior to a trial, or are awaiting trial or sentencing.