Florida doctor sentenced in terror case

Terrorists in our midst

“If not for assistance to terrorists, then terrorist acts would not take place.”U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska

30 November 2007: A doctor from Boca Raton, Florida, found guilty in May in a Manhattan federal court of providing material support to terrorists, was sentenced this week to 25 years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska noted Dr. Rafiq SABIR, 53, showed no remorse after his conviction, and added that there was “no reason to believe that this defendant has abandoned any criminal intentions.” The sentence, Judge Preska noted, was delivered in part to deter others from assisting terrorists. “If not for assistance to terrorists, then terrorist acts would not take place,” she said.

Prior to sentencing, SABIR insisted he was “completely innocent” and stated “I’m an extremely gullible man.” He claimed that jazz musician and martial arts expert Tarik SHAH, had duped him into taking an oath to al Qaeda with an FBI agent who posed as an al-Qaeda recruiter. SHAH was sentenced earlier this year to 15 years in prison as part of a deal with the government. Other defendants in this case included Farhane ABDULRAHMAN, the owner of a Muslim bookstore in Brooklyn, and Mahmud Faruq BRENT, a Maryland taxi driver. ABDULRAHMAN was sentenced to 13 years in prison, and BRENT to 15 years in prison.