Chicago terrorist suspect to plead guilty
An attorney for the suspect Shaker Masri told a federal judge on Thursday Masri plans to accept a plea agreement instead of going to trial.
Masri, who was born in Alabama and lived abroad before returning to the United States at age 18, was arrested in 2010 after the FBI exposed his alleged plot to attend a Somalia training camp to become a suicide bomber for Alshabab militant group.
The suspect was recorded in telephone calls with a paid FBI informant explaining how he planned to undergo weapons training in Mexico and then become a suicide bomber to participate in a “jihad,” or holy war, to kill people he termed infidels, the court documents said.
Masri worked for a nonprofit group that provided free English translations of the Quran throughout the United States.
He was due to go to trial in September, and had faced up to 15 years in prison on each of two counts of providing material support to Alshabab, the U.S. attorney’s spokesman said.