BOSTON, Dec 20 (Reuters) - A jury on Tuesday
found a Massachusetts man guilty of supporting al
Qaeda by translating Arabic messages and supporting militants
through traveling to Yemen for terrorism training.
Tarek Mehanna, 29, was found guilty on all seven counts
Mehanna was arrested in 2009 and charged with "providing and
conspiring to provide material support to terrorists" and other
crimes including conspiracy to kill in a foreign country and
lying to law enforcement officers.
During the jury trial, prosecutors said the defendant
answered a call to action from Osama bin Laden to fight and kill
They said he translated videos and texts from Arabic to
English to further al Qaeda's cause.
Defense attorneys said Mehanna, a U.S. citizen, was merely
trying to learn more about his Muslim heritage by studying
Islamic law and translating classical texts. He traveled to
Yemen to visit schools where he hoped to study, they said.
Mehanna was born in Pennsylvania but grew up in Sudbury, a
suburb west of Boston, and holds a doctorate degree from the
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
(Reporting by Lauren Keiper, editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and
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