Top LeT leader gets 9-year sentence
Mohammed Ajmal Khan admitted to charges of conspiring to provide funds for terrorist activity.india Updated: Mar 18, 2006 20:08 IST
The global quartermaster for Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Mohammed Ajmal Khan has been sentenced to nine-years' imprisonment.
The Pakistan-trained terrorist admitted to charges of conspiring to provide funds for terrorist activity.
31-year old Khan of Coventry, trained in Pakistan and travelled widely to make available a significant source of funds from an "unidentified but undeniably terrorist-related source", Justice Fulford said, while giving his judgment at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday.
Khan allegedly used millions of pounds raised by supporters in the UK to purchase Kevlar body armour, firearms and hi-tech surveillance equipment which were sent to rebels in Afghanistan and Jammu and Kashmir.
Justice Fulford called on the UK government to urgently consider introducing greater sentencing powers. The maximum sentence for the charge is 14 years in prison. The sentence was reduced because of Khan's guilty plea.
Khan admitted to charges of conspiring to provide money and property to terrorists for four years from March 2001. He also admitted to directing a terrorist organisation and the membership of LeT, outlawed under the Terrorism Act 2000.
Firzana Khan, 41, a housewife from Coventry, has also admitted her involvement in the conspiracy. She is yet to be sentenced.
Prosecutor Andrew Edis told the court that Khan held an influential position in the Pakistan-based LeT.
He said the organisation was closely affiliated to the Al-Qaeda and was involved in terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir.