NEW YORK: A man of American nationality was punished to 22.5 years in prison after trying to employee FBI informants to the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria.
The 32 year old Mufid Elfgeeh is from Rochester in upstate New York. He pleaded guilty in December to trying to deliver material backing to the radicals and was labelled by prosecuting attorney as “one of the first” IS recruiters apprehended in the United States.
Prosecutors said Elfgeeh spread IS advertising on social media, hunted funds for extremists and tried to recruit and send two persons both of whom were collaborating with the FBI, to Syria to fight with IS.
He was punished on the same day that US Secretary of State John Kerry said the IS group’s massacre of Christians, Yazidis and Shias amounts to genocide.
While we are confident that keeping Mr Elfgeeh in prison for the next two decades will keep us safer, there continues to exist a pervasive, persistent and ever-changing terrorism threat, said Adam Cohen, FBI chief in Buffalo, New York.
This threat remains among the highest priorities for the FBI and the intelligence community.
Prosecuting attorney said he sent IS propaganda videos to one aspiring fighter, organised for an English-speaking contact in Iraq to interconnect with that person via Facebook and paid $240 to help the individual obtain a passport.
Elfgeeh also credited the pair of FBI snitches a laptop and a camera to take to Syria, presented them tips on how to travel without being noticed and organised for a contact abroad to synchronize the logistics of the trip.
Prosecutors say Elfgeeh sent $600 to a third person in Yemen also intended to help them travel to Syria to join the IS group.