An accountant who confessed to supporting Al Qaeda with money and supplies has been sentenced to 18 years in prison, a sentence we consider ridiculously light for such a crime.

Sabirhan Hasanoff, 37, who holds dual citizenship in the US and Australia, was sentenced in Manhattan federal court, where he pleaded guilty last year to supporting Al Qaeda and conspiring with others to provide material support for Al Qaeda. He was also fined $70,000.

Federal prosecutors said Hasanoff provided extensive support to Al Qaeda from 2007 to 2010, including by purchasing an advanced remote control for explosives attacks and by reporting to Al Qaeda information about the New York Stock Exchange in advance of a possible terrorist attack.

Although he was raised in New York, Hasanoff had been working for KPMG and PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Dubai where he was arrested in 2010.


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