An Uzbeki man from Brooklyn who operated a number of mall kiosks pleaded responsible in federal courtroom on Tuesday to elevating cash as a part of a plot to ship a co-defendant to battle for the Islamic State in Syria.
Abror Habibov, 30, was charged in 2015 together with co-defendants Abdurasul Juraboev — who advised FBI brokers he was able to assassinate President Barack Obama if ISIS ordered it — and Akhror Saidakhmetov. All three have now pleaded responsible, however three others have since been charged with serving to increase cash.
“I agreed with others to boost cash to ensure that a person to purchase a aircraft ticket to Turkey to hitch ISIS and be educated as a fighter,” Habibov advised Brooklyn U.S. District Decide William Kuntz. “ . . . Whereas doing this stuff I knew that it was fallacious.”
Habibov, who has been in custody since his arrest, faces as much as 15 years in jail for conspiracy to help a overseas terrorist group and as much as 20 years for conspiring to purchase a firearm that might be used within the preventing, which he additionally pleaded responsible to.
Saidakhmetov, who labored for Habibov, was arrested on a jetway at JFK Airport boarding a flight to Turkey on Feb. 25, 2015. Juraboev, whose posting on an ISIS propaganda web site first alerted regulation enforcement authorities to the trio, had purchased a ticket to go away the subsequent month.
“I’m in USA now however we don’t have any arms,” Juraboev wrote on the ISIS discussion board, Hilofatnews, in 2014. “However is it potential to commit ourselves as devoted martyrs anyway whereas right here? What I’m saying is, to shoot Obama after which get shot ourselves, will it do?”
The FBI later had an informant strategy Juraboev at a mosque and supply to journey with the 2. Saidakhmetov mentioned becoming a member of the army to spy for ISIS, or embarking on a terror marketing campaign in america if he was blocked from going overseas.
“It’s authorized in America to hold a gun,” he allegedly stated. “We’ll go and buy one handgun . . . then go and shoot one police officer. Growth . . . Then we’ll take his gun, bullets and a bulletproof vest . . . Then we’ll do the identical with a few others. Then we’ll go to the FBI headquarters, kill the FBI individuals.”
Kuntz didn’t set a sentencing date for Habibov. Juraboev, 27, of Brooklyn, is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 22, and…