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Three LeT men sentenced for jehad in Kashmir
T.V. Parasuram

Washington, November 9
In the first case of its kind in the US involving Kashmir, a court has sentenced three American members of the Lashkar-e-Toiba, including a Pakistani-born American citizen, for plotting jehad in the valley.

The three have been sentenced by a Virginia court to prison terms ranging from three to 11 years following guilty pleas in August to conspiracy and weapons charges to escape harsher sentence.

The Pakistani Khwaja Mahmood Hasan, had visited Lashkar’s terror camps in Pakistan to train for the mission to “drive India out of Kashmir.”

US District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema in Alexandria yesterday sentenced Yong Ki Kwon (27), a naturalised US citizen of Fairfax, Khwaja Mahmood Hasan (27), a Pakistani-born US citizen who lived in Alexandria, and Donald T. Surratt (30), a former US soldier of Suitland.

The three were among 11 named in a 41-count indictment handed over in June in a conspiracy to “prepare for and engage in a violent jehad” against foreign targets. Nine of the 11 were identified as US citizens.

A fourth person, Mohammed Aatiq, a Pakistani national living in Pennsylvania, has also pleaded guilty. He will be sentenced next month.

Hasan and Kwon could have received life sentences, while Surratt faced up to 15 years. All three have agreed to cooperate with the authorities in the government’s ongoing investigations. — PTI

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