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LeT man wanted to use 26/11 videos to recruit

world Updated: Dec 04, 2011 01:19 IST
Yashwant Raj

A Pakistani man who on Friday pleaded guilty to producing a promotional video for Lashkar-e-Taiba had wanted to use shots of Mumbai attacks to glorify the outfit.

Jubair Ahmad faces up to 15 years in jail for supplying material to a designated outfit, and/or punitive fines and deportation. He might get away with less for owning up in a plea deal. The sentence is to be announced on April 13, 2012.

“Yes, I do plead guilty,” Ahmad told a federal court in Virginia.

Ahmad is the second US-based Lashkar operative to have entered into a plea with authorities here to perhaps escape the harshest punishment. The first, David Coleman Headley, was one of the architects of Mumbai attacks that Ahmad wanted to use to as advertisement for LeT.

Ahmad was ordered to produce this video by a man called Talha Saeed, son of the commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba Hafeez Saeed who was in incarceration for 26/11.

The FBI said Ahmad spoke with Saeed about a promotional video. The brief was very clear: violent image would play to Hafiz Saeed-read prayers.

“At one point, Ahmad asked Talha if he wanted to include an image of the Mumbai attack to show the power of Let/FIF,” said Stephen M Campbell, assistant US attorney, in court.

Talha Saeed refused and suggested images of mujahideen operations instead. He was being careful perhaps to not own up to Mumbai.