An American of 23 years has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for having had the intention to carry out an attack against the White House or the statue of Liberty in the name of jihad, announced Thursday the american authorities.
Hasher Taheb, a resident of Georgia, had been arrested on January 16, 2019, after having made the subject of an investigation by the federal police (FBI) alerted by a member of his community is worried about the “radicalisation” of the young man.
According to the indictment, he wanted to be a “martyr” in the name of jihad and travel to the territory occupied by the group islamic State in Syria or Iraq. But arguing that the loss of his passport, it was considered better to carry out attacks on american soil. He wished in particular to attack the Statue of Liberty in New York and the tourist monuments of the centre of Washington.
In December 2018, he had met an agent undercover with the FBI and revealed a sketch made at the hand of the White House.
In the following weeks, he had detailed the necessary weapons (semi-automatic weapons, grenades and a rocket-propelled grenade launchers anti-tank AT-4) and instructed the federal agent under cover of the get.
He had been arrested at the time of the “delivery” of weapons.
According to the judicial authorities, no target had really been threatened by this project.