NEW YORK – A one-time Maryland high school honors student who admitted to helping Muslim extremists in foreign countries and helped the U.S. pursue terrorists after 2011, his arrest is a citizen of the u.s., a federal appeals panel said Thursday as it erased in anticipation of the deportation order.
The ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan means that 24-year-old Mohammad Hassan Khalid can continue with his studies at the Maryland college.
His lawyer Philadelphia, Wayne Sachs, called the ruling a “very happy about the victory for a deserving young man with a bright future.”
He said that the three-judge appeals panel, in contrast to the four earlier courts, “properly directed on the law in place of the petitioner’s ‘fame.'”
The U.S. government did not immediately say if it planned to appeal.
Circuit Judge Dennis Jacobs wrote that he can’t congratulate Khalid, having regard to the fact that he “turned off secretly to violence against the Americans.”
“He has cooperated with the authorities only when, after being caught, he felt the need of a different form of shelter,” Jacobs said.
Circuit Judge Christopher F. Droney, who wrote the main opinion, explained that Khalid was entitled to citizenship because he was under the age of 18 years when his father received citizenship.
In a footnote, the 2nd Circuit noted that the government has indicated that he has no information that He presents a continuing threat to the United States.
The court of appeal also noted that Khalid maintained that he would be tortured if removed to Pakistan because of his cooperation in the federal terrorism investigations. The Department of Homeland Security had sought to remove him from the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan.
Khalid entered the United States in 2007 with his family. He was born in the United Arab Emirates, but was a Pakistani citizen because his parents were Pakistani.
Khalid was 17 when he was arrested in 2011 after winning a full scholarship to the prestigious Johns Hopkins University. The authorities said he had been involved in radical Islamist chat rooms of his family’s small apartment in the neighborhood of Baltimore since he was 15.
In 2012, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit material support to terrorists, admit that he had agreed with his secret online life to raise money and recruit for the jihad terrorists.
In 2014, he was sentenced to five years in prison. Prosecutors said he deserved leniency from a potential 15 years, because he had helped the AMERICAN authorities to pursue the various al-Qaeda offshoots after his arrest.
Khalid, who completed his sentence in 2015, is currently attending college in Maryland, studying cybersecurity, among other things.
His lawyer said He is dedicated to the prevention of young people going to the path had taken as a teenager.