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Texan convicted of trying to help al-Qaida

Texan accused of wanting to join al-Qaida convicted of trying to help terrorist group By The Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) ' A Texas man accused of attempting to sneak out of the country to join al-Qaida has been convicted of trying to help the terrorist organization.

Barry Walter Bujol Jr. was convicted by a Houston federal judge on Monday of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and aggravated identity theft. He faces up to 20 years in prison at sentencing.

Bujol, who is a U.S. citizen, represented himself at his trial, which was heard by a judge instead of a jury.

Prosecutors say Bujol sought to join al-Qaida and to provide it with money, restricted U.S. military documents and GPS equipment.

But the 30-year-old said he never intended to help al-Qaida and wanted to leave the U.S. because he disagreed with its foreign policy.

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