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A Young Man, Who Plotted to Kill Swedish Cartoonist Lars Vilks, Pleads Guilty in US District Court to Conspiring to Provide Material Support to Terrorists

05/06/2012

Photograph of Lars Vilks by Olof Ekström for Wikipedia

Parents, do you know what your kids are getting into when they go online?  A sad and shocking verdict out of Philadelphia from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania makes a strong case that you better.  On Friday May 4, 2012, 18-year-old Mohammad Hassan Khalid pled guilty to conspiring to provide material support to terrorists – support he provided long before he turned eighteen.  Born in Pakistan and raised in Maryland, Mohammad was an honors student who had earned a scholarship to Johns Hopkins University.  Instead of a future of promise and opportunity, Mohammad faces a sentence of up to fifteen years and fine of up to $250,000.  He also faces the possibility of deportation after his sentence is served.

From 2008 until his arrest in 2011, Mohammad conspired with, among others, Colleen LaRose, an American, and Ali Charaf Damache, an Algerian.  Colleen R. LaRose, who went by the online moniker of JihadJane, pleaded guilty in February 2011 to, among other crimes, conspiracy to kill Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks.  Mohammad was charged along with Ali Charaf Damache, who went by the online moniker Theblackflag.  Demache is currently in custody in Ireland.  No date has been set yet for Mohammad’s sentencing.

To learn more about the conviction of Mohammad Hassan Khalid, click on Maryland Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to Terrorists.  This is a press release from the Department of Justice’s Office of Public Affairs.  News articles about Mohammad worth reading include Maryland Honors Student Pleads Guilty in ‘Jihad Jane’ Case from the Philadelphia Daily News, and, Howard County Teen Pleads Guilty to Terrorism Plot from the Baltimore Sun.  To read our previous news alert about Lars Vilks, click on Swedish Court Acquits Defendants Accused of Plotting to Kill Swedish Cartoonist Lars Vilks.