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Chicago cabbie pleads guilty in terror case

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 5:30 a.m. CST

CHICAGO – A Pakistani-born Chicago taxi driver has pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to al-Qaida as part of a plea deal hammered out recently with prosecutors.

Dressed in an orange jumpsuit and his ankles shackled, Raja Lahrasib Khan told a judge Monday that he was pleading guilty to one of two counts of attempting to provide material support.

As part of the plea deal, prosecutors dropped the other count against the 58-year-old.

Khan was accused in 2010 of taking steps to send cash to Pakistan-based terrorist leader Ilyas Kashmiri.

A conviction on one count of providing material support carries a maximum 15-year sentence. The plea deal recommends a sentence of between 5-8 years.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the sentencing date is May 30.

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