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  • 11 December 2013, 0:56

Babar Ahmad Pleads Guilty To Terror Charges

A British man extradited to the US on terror charges after an eight-year legal battle has pleaded guilty.

Babar Ahmad admitted providing support to terrorists at a federal court hearing in New Haven, Connecticut, and faces up to 25 years in prison, when he is sentenced in March.

Another man,Syed Talha Ahsan, is also expected to change his plea.

The pair were to have faced trial after denying charges of providing material support to terrorists.

Ahmad, 39, and 34-year-oldAhsan stood accused of running websites that sought to raise money, recruit fighters and seek equipment for terrorists in Afghanistan and Chechnya.

US prosecutors said the two men, both from London, operated a network of internet sites known as Azzam publications that attracted worldwide support to the jihadist cause.

Ahmad, dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit, stood with his hands behind his back and gave brief answers to questions from District Judge Janet Hall.

But he did not change not guilty pleas to charges of conspiracy to kill and money laundering. The judge said she would review Ahmad's plea before sentencing.

Ahmad and Ahsan had tried to avoid extradition in British courts and later in the European Court of Human Rights, on the grounds that the websites activities were carried out in the UK.

Ahmad's campaign to stay in the UK was a record for a British citizen and he had thousands of supporters.

They were extradited to the US a year ago with three other men, including radical preacher Abu Hamza.

Ahmad received a 60,000 compensation payout after the Metropolitan Police admitted he had been injured when first arrested in 2003. The officers involved were prosecuted and cleared.

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