A 21-year-old Georgia Tech student taken into federal custody last month has been charged with giving “material support” to a terrorist organization, according to a federal indictment unsealed Thursday.
The student, Syed Haris Ahmed, a mechanical engineering major who had become increasingly religious in his Islamic faith, was arrested March 23 by the FBI.
Syed Ahmed, 21, was charged with helping a terrorist group. The FBI believes he attended a training camp in Pakistan last year, sources say. He was in religious school there, his family says.
“This is the first international terrorism charge ever filed in Georgia,” said U.S. Attorney David Nahmias shortly after unsealing the indictment “The charge against Mr. Ahmed is serious and involves national security and will be prosecuted with that in mind.”…
Family members said agents confiscated computer hard drives and data CDs from their home last month.
Ahmed told his family that authorities found a video on the Internet and apparently traced it to him. The video was of a building and was perhaps made during a trip with friends. Ahmed’s family members said they did not know the location of the building or when the tape was made….
In a separate case that may be related, a 19-year-old Roswell man was arrested Monday in Bangladesh. Ehsanul Islam Sadequee was arrested by Bengali authorities after at least eight months of federal investigation of him and his family, his sister, Sharmin Sadequee, said Thursday.