A federal jury in Atlanta has convicted a Georgia man of aiding overseas terrorist groups.
Ehsanul Islam Sadequee was found guilty on all four counts he faced, including two to help terrorists lead a violent jihad. Prosecutors say he could face up to 60 years in federal prison when sentenced. The jury of nine men and three women were unanimous in their verdict.
Prosecutors say the 23-year-old Sadequee, also know as Shifa, took a series of videos of the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol and sent the tapes overseas. Representing himself during trial, Sadequee said his chatter about jihad was simply “empty talk” and he never intended to follow through on any threats.
Don Samuel, one of Sadequee's court-appointed attorneys, says the most damning evidence against his client may have come from the defendant himself. Samuel said Sadequee's appearance in videos calling for a jihad may have sealed his fate.
"I think the most damaging evidence were the videos that came out of Bosnia that showed explosives and guns. Videos that Shifa never saw. That he had no role in manufacturing or producing. There was no evidence that he ever touched a gun or any explosives or anything like that. But I think that was the evidence that was damaging to him."
Sadequee entered the courtroom Wednesday not handcuffed or shackled, and remained seated when the judge entered for the session. During the reading of the verdict, Sadequee sat with his head down and showed no emotion. His mother was two rows behind her son praying before and during the verdict.
Sadequee’s conviction follows that of his friend in June. Two months ago, Syed Haris Ahmed was found guilty on a single count of conspiracy to provide material supporting terrorism.