NEW YORK – A man extradited from Romania in a plot to sell weapons to Colombian militants has been sentenced in New York City to 25 years in prison.
Federal Judge Jed Rakoff sentenced Tareq Mousa al Ghazi on Wednesday.
Al Ghazi was convicted in March of conspiracy to murder U.S. officers, conspiracy to acquire and export anti-aircraft missiles and conspiracy to support a terrorist group. He could have received a life sentence.
Defense attorney Glenn A. Garber had said connections prosecutors tried to draw between his client and Syrian-born arms dealer Monzer al-Kassar seemed tenuous.
Al-Kassar was sentenced this year to 30 years in prison for his role. His attorney had said the U.S. government's investigation was a disgrace.
Another defendant received 25 years.