Pictured in this undated file photo, Iyman Faris, 49, was sentenced in 2003 for abetting al-Qaeda by the scoping of an iconic New York bridge as a part of a plot to cut through the cables that support the structure.
A federal judge ruled against get rid of the AMERICAN citizenship of a convicted terrorist tied to a plot to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge, citing a lack of evidence to prove that the status was granted, based on a wrong interpretation.
Iyman Faris, 49, was sentenced in 2003 for abetting al-Qaeda by the scoping of the iconic New York bridge as a part of a plot to cut the cables of the structure. He had a meeting with Osam bin laden in Afghanistan and worked with 9/11 architect Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
Faris is set to be released on Dec. 23, 2020, but a court filing last year in a US Court held that Faris lied on immigration papers and his terrorist connections has shown that a lack of commitment to the Constitution.
Originally born in Pakistan, Faris became a citizen in 1999. He worked as a truck driver in Ohio, and was married to an American woman.
Federal Judge Staci Yanle ruled this month in favor of Faris, saying that there is not enough evidence to prove that a misrepresentation affects the decision to grant him citizenship.
“American citizenship is precious, and the government bears a heavy burden of proof upon an attempted transfer of a citizen of his or her citizenship,” she wrote on 11 July.
The Ministry of Justice declined to comment to The Associated Press.
Faris’ case was one of the first cases of terrorism following the attacks of 9/11.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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