Briton jailed in US for supporting Taliban is released

A British man who was last year sentenced by a US court to 12-1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to running a website that supported the Taliban, has been released, his family said on Sunday. Babar Ahmad’s sentence included 10 years he had already served. US prosecutors had said his crimes included recruiting fighters for the Taliban and al Qaeda in the run-up to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York City and Washington. But the judge who sentenced Ahmad said she had not given him the maximum penalty of 25 years as she did not believe he had been directly involved with al Qaeda and was not at risk of being involved in future crimes. “We, the family of Babar Ahmad, are delighted to announce that … Babar has returned home to us after 11 years in prison,” his family said in a statement.



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