Two Florida Muslim Brothers Plead Guilty to Terrorism – Plotted to Bomb NYC
Two Florida Muslim Brothers plead guilty to terrorism.
Sheheryar Alam Qazi and brother Raees Alam Qazi, of Oakland Park, are accused of planning a terrorist attack in New York City and assaulting two deputy U.S. Marshals while in custody. They are charged with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists; conspiracy to use a weapon of mass… (Photos courtesy of the Broward Sheriff’s Office)
Two Florida brothers pleaded guilty to terrorism charges and assaulting US Marshals.
Two brothers from Oakland Park pleaded guilty to federal terrorism charges Thursday morning, admitting they plotted a terrorist attack on landmarks in New York City and later assaulted two deputy U.S. Marshals while in custody.
Raees Alam Qazi, 22, and Sheheryar Alam Qazi, 32, both pleaded guilty in federal court in Miami to one count of conspiring to provide support to terrorists and conspiring to assault two federal employees. The younger man, Raees Qazi, pleaded guilty to an additional charge of attempting to provide material support to al-Qaida.
The Qazi brothers, who wore beige prison scrubs and were handcuffed, shackled and under tight security in court, both said “Guilty” when asked how they wanted to plead. They said little more than “Yes, ma’am” and “No, ma’am” in response to the judge’s questions. Both men have thick beards, Sheheryar Qazi’s hair was closely shaved and the younger brother’s hair is about the same length as when he was arrested.
The brothers were arrested in November 2012 in Broward County after Raees Qazi returned home. He admitted he spent a few days bicycling around Manhattan to scope out potential targets that would result in mass casualties, according to the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Though Sheheryar Qazi did not know all of the precise details, he knew that his brother was actively planning to set off a bomb in Manhattan and provided emotional, financial and practical support, authorities said.