On Tuesday a U.S. citizen was sentenced to 45 years in prison for supporting the militant group Al Qaeda and helping to prepare a 2009  car-bomb attack on a U.S. military base in Afghanistan, less than the life sentence sought by prosecutors. In Brooklyn Federal court Muhanad Mahmoud Al Farekh,45, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan. David Ruhnke who was Al-Farekh’s lawyer said at the court hearing that Al Farekh would be appealing his conviction. Before Mr.Cogan imposed the sentence, Mr.Ruhnke read a letter written by Al Farekh,who did not speak himself.  Al Farekh did not directly address the crimes of which he was found guilty but asked the judge to consider that young man could be misled into violence. Al Farekh said in the letter he was now opposed to violence. In September 2009 car bomb blasts he had helped the terrorists in making an explosive device. As per law by the age of 67, he may be outside.   

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