#AceNewsReport – Dec.07: The Department of Justice announced today that Sajmir Alimehmeti, aka “Abdul Qawii,” 26, was sentenced to 22 years in prison based on convictions for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), and attempting to fraudulently procure a U.S. passport to facilitate an act of international terrorism. Alimehmeti pleaded guilty on Feb. 21, 2018, before U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer, who imposed today’s sentence.
A wannabe ISIS decapitator who called himself “The Dentist” while stockpiling tactical knives and a pocket chainsaw in his Bronx pad landed 22 years behind bars Friday: “You are a ticking time bomb,” Manhattan federal Judge Paul Engelmayer told Sajmir Alimehmeti before imposing the sentence on charges of providing material support to ISIS and passport fraud: The now-26-year-old defendant began amassing his chilling cache of weapons in his Bronx apartment after he was twice stopped at UK airports en route to Syria in 2014.
Engelmayer listed Alimehmeti’s horrifying array of munitions, including a military-grade survival knife with a 5-inch blade, three tactical knives with 4-inch blades, two credit-card-sized folding knives, a commando wire pocket saw, a 24-inch pocket chainsaw, a rucksack designed for tactical combat, a tactical ski mask and handcuffs: The judge said it was impossible to conceive of a “benign reason” for Alimehmeti to “stockpile weapons that would be used to restrain, gut, or decapitate a human body.”
Prosecutor Emil Bove agreed, describing how Alimehemti waxed poetic to undercover agents about his desire to conduct beheadings on ISIS’s behalf: Bove described the chainsaw as having “two hooks, hand grips on each side.
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“This is a weapon the defendant intended to use to perpetrate decapitation,” the prosecutor said: While it wasn’t exactly clear why Alimehmeti referred to himself online as “The Dentist,” he used coded language about places he would travel to so that he could “brush his teeth,” according to court papers: He also told undercover agents he watched beheading videos to keep himself motivated during exercise, prosecutors said.
NYPost reported defense attorney Susan Kellman said her client struggled to fit in after moving to the US at age 6 from Albania and was radicalised as a teenager during a stint for robbery in the Fishkill Correctional Facility by Mohamed Mamdouh, one of the masterminds behind a foiled plot to blow up a Manhattan synagogue in 2011: After his arrest in his latest case in 2016 and incarceration at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, Alimehmeti befriended another well-known terrorist — convicted “Chelsea bomber” Ahmad Rahimi: The two later had to be separated for conspiring to distribute ISIS propaganda to other prisoners: Almehmeti eventually pleaded guilty in the case in 2018, admitting to lying on his passport application and providing material support to ISIS: Kellman described her client as being “young, confused, alienated, isolated and looking for a place” when he was lured in by ISIS and radical terrorist ideology. She noted that, despite the weapons, no plans for a terror attack were found in Alimehmeti’s home: She added her client was so alone that the two undercover agents involved in the case were the only people invited to witness his wedding.
Alimehmeti declined to speak Friday but walked out of the courtroom with a big smile plastered across his face.
#AceNewsDesk reports ……………..Published: Dec.07: 2019:
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