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21 October 2010 :: 14:10:11 pm 44517

US Muslim Convert Guilty of Urging Terrorist Attacks

A US man has pleaded guilty of calling for attacks on America, supporting a terrorist group and urging extremists to attack the writers of cartoon ‘South Park’ after their depiction of the prophet Muhammad.
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United States, the 19th of October 2010: Zachary Adam Chesser [20] has pleaded guilty to supporting an Somali Islamist militant group and encouraging attacks on the writers of cartoon show ‘South Park’.

Prosecutors said Chesser was outraged at the cartoon’s perceived mockery of the prophet Muhammad, while evidence suggests that he twice sort to travel to Somalia in order to join al-Shabab, which the US designates as a terrorist group.

Chesser, an American Muslim convert, is also said to have posted the personal contact information of people who had joined the “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day” Facebook group on an Islamist militant website.

“Zachary Chesser seriously endangered the lives of innocent people who will remain at risk for many years to come. His solicitation of extremists to murder US citizens also caused people throughout the country to fear speaking out – even in jest – lest they also be labelled as enemies who deserved to be killed,” US Attorney Neil MacBride said in a statement.

US investigators said Chesser was a follower of radical US-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who is believed to be in Yemen with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Chesser is said to have posted messages online from Mr al-Awlaki in which he called for violent attacks, and posted links to internet forums giving advice on how to plan them.

In addition, Chesser pleaded guilty to urging people to plant suspicious packages in public places in order to “desensitise” police so a real bomb would escape notice. The US Justice Department said that in April Chesser sought to goad Islamist militants to attack the writers of the popular US cartoon South Park in retaliation for the show’s depiction of Muhammad wearing a bear suit. Prosecutors said he urged online readers to “pay them a visit”.

Chesser pleaded guilty to two counts of communicating threats and soliciting crimes of violence, as well as to supporting an al-Qaeda linked terrorist group.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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