New York – Two U.S. citizens accused of being al-Qaida loyalists pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges on Tuesday.
An indictment unsealed in federal court in Manhattan late Monday charged Tarik Shah, 42, and Dr. Rafiq Abdus Sabir, 50, each with a count of conspiring to provide material support to Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network….
Prosecutors allege Sabir, an Ivy League-educated doctor, agreed to treat holy warriors in Saudi Arabia. Shah, a jazz musician and a self-described martial arts expert, allegedly agreed to train them in hand-to-hand combat.
Court papers filed last month described Shah’s zeal to train “brothers” for urban warfare.
Both men allegedly pledged their allegiance to al-Qaida during a May 20 meeting in the Bronx that was secretly recorded….
Shah is “charged with wanting to give al-Qaida members karate lessons,” his attorney, Anthony Rico, told reporters. “The concept in and of itself is ridiculous given the seriousness of terrorism.”
Yeah, it isn’t as if a jihad terrorist might need to fight anyone. He would be too busy waging the jihad within his soul to conform his life to the will of Allah.