Purely evil

Jury con­victs Al Qaeda Yank

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY CHRISTINA CARREGA and AN­DREW KESHNER

A U.S. CIT­I­ZEN was con­victed Fri­day on charges that he turned to Al Qaeda and plot­ted to mur­der Amer­i­can sol­diers in Afghanistan.

Brook­lyn fed­eral ju­rors found Muhanad Mah­moud al Farekh, 31, guilty of play­ing a role in a 2009 mil­i­tary base at­tack that could’ve re­sulted in dis­as­ter, and for con­sort­ing with the ter­ror group for seven years.

Ju­rors weighed fin­ger­print and DNA ev­i­dence, as well as tes­ti­mony from former Al Qaeda op­er­a­tives. The 12-mem­ber panel got the case Tues­day, but only 11 ju­rors de­lib­er­ated to a ver­dict. Four were dis­missed af­ter Farekh’s fa­ther hopped in an el­e­va­tor with them on Wed­nes­day and spoke about miss­ing his son.

Judge Brian Co­gan sent in the three al­ter­nates, and the trimmed-down jury started de­lib­er­a­tions all over again Thurs­day.

The con­vic­tion could spell a life sen­tence for the Hous­ton-born Farekh (photo), but his lawyer vowed to ap­peal.

“We are dis­ap­pointed with the ver­dict and will file a re­quest for a new trial,” at­tor­ney Sean Ma­her said in a state­ment. Farekh was raised in Dubai and went to col­lege in Canada. That’s where he and two bud­dies, Ferid Imam and Mai­wand Yar, filled their heads with ji­hadist pro­pa­ganda.

Pros­e­cu­tors played one video shot in­side their dorm room, where Farekh ex­cit­edly finds a vi­o­lent in­ter­net video al­legedly de­pict­ing the death of Amer­i­can sol­diers.

The trio flew to Pak­istan’s tribal lands in 2007.

Queens-bred would-be sub­way bomber Zarein Ahmedzay tes­ti­fied that Imam, whom he knew as “Yousef,” gave Farek weapons train­ing while in Pak­istan.

Farekh was part of a Jan­uary 2009 mil­i­tary base at­tack in Khost, Afghanistan.

His fin­ger­prints were found on pack­ing tape used on a truck bomb at For­ward Op­er­at­ing Base Chap­man.

One ex­plo­sive blew up at the gate. A bomb tech­ni­cian said the other truck bomb — a 7,500-pound de­vice — was the big­gest he'd en­coun­tered dur­ing his tour of duty.

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