An Albanian citizen living in Brooklyn has pleaded guilty to a terrorism charge in New York after admitting he tried to go to Pakistan to join a radical jihadist insurgent group.
Agron Hasbajrami (ah-GRAHN' hahs-bah-ruh-MEE') entered the plea Thursday in federal court in Brooklyn to trying to provide material support to terrorists. He faces up to 15 years in prison. He also has agreed to be deported.
Authorities say he sent more than $1,000 abroad to support terrorist activities in Pakistan and Afghanistan and communicated with someone in Pakistan who said he was a member of an armed group that had murdered American soldiers. Authorities also say he expressed a desire to die as a martyr.
Hasbajrami was arrested at Kennedy Airport last September, preparing to go to Pakistan.