Ibrahim Suleiman Adnan Harun
(U. S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York)
A Saudi-born supporter of al-Qaida who was convicted in March of killing two AMERICAN service members in Afghanistan received a life seentence Friday in New York the courtroom.
But Ibrahim Suleiman Adnan Harun, a self-described al-Qaeda “warrior,” refused for him to condemn.
“I can’t think of a more serious crime,” U. S. District Judge Brian M. Cogan said he announced the sentence for Harun in Brooklyn, new york, in the courtroom, where a monitor showing the entrance to Harun’s cell rested near his lawyers. Harun also had refused to attend his trial last year.
The court dismissed Harun’s claim that he was more a soldier than a terrorist, saying Harun wanted to kill “dozens or perhaps hundreds of Americans” and people of other nationalities.
“I am convinced that the defendant is not distinguished, whether they are civilians or soldiers,” Cogan said.
A jury last March convicted Harun after prosecutors said that he confessed while in Italian custody, that he threw a grenade and shot at an American military unit that in 2003, ambush that killed Army Pvt. Jerod Dennis, of Antlers, Okla., and the Air Force Pilot Ray Losano, Del Rio, Texas.
While on the flight, Harun later, the mastermind behind a failed plot to bomb the AMERICAN Embassy in Nigeria, the government said. He was under the direct leadership of al-Qaida higher-ups, including some still held at Guantanamo Bay, it said.
The Saudi-born defendant who claims Niger citizenship had insisted he was a “warrior” who must face a military tribunal instead of a civil court to be prosecuted.
Cogan said soldiers in wartime are not a target “embassies” in third-world countries.
Harun, 47, was extradited from Italy to the US in 2012.
The judge said: Harun told the prison officials Friday: “This is not my court. That is not my right.”
Cogan called Harun “turned in on itself,” noting that he was willing to speak to the judge and his lawyer as long as he thought he would go to his way.
“If this man ever walks the streets again, the first thing he will do is try to kill Americans,” Cogan said. “He has one gear. That is to kill Americans.”
“There is not one ounce of remorse, not a hint of self-doubt,” the judge added.
He said that he knew that the life sentence would not be the end of terrorism, but hoped that it would work “best on the margins”, where a potential terrorist may decide to a life behind bars wasn’t worth the effort to kill.
He also refused to recommend Harun his sentence on a particular facility.
The judge said that the Federal Bureau of Prisons “will have your hands full with this violent and non-cooperative defendant.”
And although he said that he suspected Harun was not listening to the court video feed, Cogan instructed him that he could appeal.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.