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A FIRST: US jails Muslim youth for 30 years for trying to join IS

Elhuzayel appears to be the first person in the US 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.
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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”.

The authorities arrested Nader Elhuzayel at Los Angeles International Airport in May of 2015, as he was preparing to board a plane to Turkey to join ISIS. Earlier this year, Nader Elhuzayel was convicted of conspiracy to aid Islamic State. “There’s no remorse, no repudiation of ISIL, only death and destruction,” Carter said.
According to the authorities, a video taken in October of 2014 showed Elhuzayel swearing allegiance to the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and pledging to travel to join ISIS to be a fighter for the terrorist group. The Federal authorities said he talked of becoming a martyr and last year concocted a scheme to reach Syria.

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.

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