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Federal judge agrees to release American jihadist after serving 14 years into 65-year sentence

July 24, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Federal judge agrees to release American jihadist after serving 14 years into 65-year sentence Seifullah Chapman

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Seifullah Chapman, the American jihadist who employed a paintball park to prepare for combat will be released after serving 14 years of his 65-year sentence, a judge in Virginia ordered on Friday.

The 45-year-old U.S. citizen traveled to Pakistan in 2001 to train as a member of the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group.

He was found guilty on charges of terrorism in 2004. However, an April 5-4 Supreme Court ruling — in which conservative Neil Gorsuch voted with the court’s four liberal justices — knocked down the law that outlines the offenses committed by Seifullah Chapman.

“The Constitution looks unkindly on any law so vague that people cannot understand its terms and judges do not know where to begin applying it,” Gorsuch stated.

In another instance, a federal judge in Ohio has ordered that the government cannot revoke U.S. citizenship from a convicted terrorist, according to the Washington Post.

Lyman Faris, who was born in Pakistan, is serving 20-year behind bars for his role in an al Qaeda scheme to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge. He is scheduled to be freed in 2020.

Faris, who visited with Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, intended to sever the bridge’s supporting cables. His case was one of the first terrorism trials after the September 11th attacks.

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