|Page (1) of 1 - 11/14/11||email article||print page|
Texan convicted of trying to help al-QaidaTexan accused of wanting to join al-Qaida convicted of trying to help terrorist group
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.
Related Keywords:Terrorism Trial-Texas,Terrorism,Legal proceedings,Crime,War and unrest,General news,Law and order