According to reports, two Pakistani-American brothers were sentenced to 35 years and 20 years in prison respectively by a court in Florida for plotting terror attacks in New York City and also their involvement in the assault of two federal officers while in custody.
Raees Alam Qazi, 22, and Sheheryar Alam Qazi, 32, both naturalised US citizens from Pakistan, were sentenced to 35 years and 20 years respectively by US District Court Judge Beth Bloom of the Southern District of Florida.
Reports suggest that their prison term will be followed by 10 years and five years of supervised release.
“With the sentences handed down today, Raees Qazi and his brother Sheheryar Qazi are being held accountable for their roles in a plot to conduct a terrorist attack using a weapon of mass destruction in New York City and their assault on two federal officers during their pretrial detention,” said Assistant Attorney General John Carlin.
In March, the two brothers pleaded guilty to the charges of conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists in preparation for use of a weapon of mass destruction (WMD), attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organisation and assaulting a federal employee while in prison.