A former New York City Uber driver deliberate to journey to Afghanistan to affix the Taliban and “kill Individuals” earlier than he was arrested at John F Kennedy airport in 2019, prosecutors alleged throughout the opening statements of his trial Wednesday.
Delowar Mohammed Hossain, 36, faces terrorism costs over his alleged plot to affix the extremist group that prosecutors say he spent a 12 months planning, in line with The Washington Submit.
“He wasn’t simply another traveler — he was on a mission to Afghanistan to affix the Taliban and kill Individuals and he was on his means,” Assistant U.S. Lawyer Ben Schrier stated on the primary day of the trial in Manhattan.
Hossain’s lawyer, nonetheless, contends he was only a “wannabe playboy” who determined to depart his spouse and household to fly to Thailand to satisfy ladies.
Schrier stated Hossain deliberate to go from Thailand to Afghanistan and he had already purchased provides to outlive within the nation.
Hossain learn al-Qaeda literature that gave directions on bomb-making and jihad and solely determined towards bombing a New York Metropolis navy set up as a result of he didn’t suppose he might kill sufficient individuals, Schrier alleged, the Submit reported. He added that prosecutors have a recording of him saying he needed to kill Individuals.
He additionally allegedly advised undercover informants that he was attempting to throw off investigators by frequenting bars and strip golf equipment, which wouldn’t be allowed for a strict Muslim and inspired the informants to “get soiled” with forbidden Muslim habits themselves to idiot legislation enforcement.
However his protection lawyer, Andrew Dalack, referred to as Hossain a “hypocritical” Muslim with a “wild creativeness,” claiming his suitcase was full of trendy garments, perfumes, lotions for wooing ladies in Thailand. Dalack added that Hossain requested the informants to assist him get condoms and hair gel for the journey, which he stated wasn’t the “components for a radical Islamist jihad.”
Hossain was discovered with $10,000 in money on the airport.
He’s charged with trying to offer materials assist for terrorism and trying to make or obtain a contribution to the Taliban and will face many years in jail if convicted, in line with The Post.