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Brooklyn man who gave cash to wannabe ISIS fighter found guilty in federal court

2019-09-25

A Brooklyn man who handed a wannabe ISIS fighter a stack of cash to cover his travel and weapon expenses bought himself a prison term Tuesday instead.

Dilkhayot Kasimov was convicted in Brooklyn Federal Court Tuesday of trying to support the terror group.

Kasimov, 31, drove to JFK Airport in February 2015, and over the course of just three minutes, found the would-be terrorist and handed him $1,600.

Security footage showed Kasimov stroll into Terminal 7, leave three minutes later and then come and go a second time.

The ISIS hopeful, Akhror Saidakhmetov, then 19, was about to board a flight to Istanbul, then head to Syria, but the feds intercepted him at the airport and arrested him.

“As found by the jury today, Kasimov was part of a conspiracy in which he sought to help fund a foreign fighter’s travel and expenses in Syria to wage violent jihad,” United States Attorney Richard Donoghue said.

The government learned of the conspiracy when Saidakhmetov’s roommate, Abdurasul Juraboev, detailed on a pro-ISIS Uzbek-language website that he wanted to martyr himself by planting a bomb on Coney Island or shooting President Obama.

Saidakhmetov told an informant in January 2015 that if he failed to hook up with ISIS, he would “just go and buy a machine gun, AK-47, go out and shoot all police,” according to court papers.

Both roommates have since been sentenced to 15 years in prison. Three other men have pleaded guilty to charges they conspired to pay for Saidakhmetov’s mission.

Kasimov, who law enforcement sources said sold electronics in shopping mall kiosks for a living, was the last suspect standing in the case. The jury convicted him after a one-week trial.

He faces up to 30 years behind bars.