NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Two men extradited from Britain last year are expected to change their pleas in Connecticut on charges they supported terrorists in Afghanistan and Chechnya by operating websites to raise cash, recruit fighters and solicit items such as gas masks.
Court records show Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan are scheduled to change their pleas Tuesday in federal court in New Haven to charges of providing support to terrorists. They had previously pleaded not guilty.
Their attorneys did not return telephone and email messages seeking comment.
If convicted, Ahsan faces up to 15 years in prison and Ahmad faces up to 30 years.
The two men faced trial in Connecticut, where an Internet service provider was allegedly used to run one of the websites.