Williams, a convert to Islam, was motivated to join the Taliban because of the deaths of Afghan and Iraqi civilians from the U.S.-led military campaigns there, his lawyer said. He donated $350 to an organization that he believed operated as a Taliban front, and trained using firearms with three other Muslim students on camping trips in preparation to join their forces.
According to The Rice Thresher, Williams and his colleagues are charged with possessing three rifles, one shotgun, and over 1,000 rounds of ammunition, which they used to train with in six locations in Texas.
Williams previously worked as a technician in Rice University’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.
Williams apologized for his actions and said he’d try to prevent other Muslims from following his path.
“I realize that what I said and did was very impulsive, reactive and uncalled for,” he said.
Source: World Threats
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Muslim in Houston Convicted of Supporting Taliban
Kobie Diallo Williams, a Muslim citizen living in Houston, has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison, after admitting to sending money to the Taliban and training in preparation to join them on the battlefield, The Houston Chronicle reports.