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US Files Lawsuit To Strip American Citizenship From Indian-Origin Man Convicted Of Terrorism

| July 4 , 2018 , 14:48 IST

The US President Donald Trump administration has filed a lawsuit seeking to revoke the American citizenship of Indian born Khaleel Ahmed, 37. Ahmed had been sentenced to 8 years and 4 months of imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release in 2010 on terrorism charges, media reported on Wednesday.

According to the civil denaturalisation complaint, Ahmed concealed and misrepresented his criminal conduct throughout his naturalisation proceedings and that his citizenship application would have been rejected if the immigration authorities had known he provided material support to terrorists.

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Ahmed, born in India in 1980, arrived in the US in 1998 as a lawful permanent resident (as a child of a brother or sister of a United States citizen) and received his US citizenship in 2004.

In 2009, Ahmed pleaded guilty to charges of providing material support to terrorists by travelling abroad, in order to murder or maim US military forces in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Ahmed admitted in his guilty plea that between 2004 and 2007, he and his cousin Zubair Ahmed made preparations to travel abroad and went to Cairo with an intent to engage in acts that would result in the murder or maiming of US military forces.

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The US District Court accepted Ahmed's guilty plea in 2009 and in 2010 sentenced him to 8 years.

“Civil denaturalization is one important tool in our anti-terrorism efforts.  We will continue to zealously seek out and prosecute individuals like Mr. Ahmed,” acting Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio said after filing the lawsuit in the District of Illinois.

 “The United States will never be a safe haven for those seeking to support terrorists,” Special Agent in-charge James Gibbons said.

“When individuals lie to obtain immigration benefits, the system is severely undermined and the security of our nation is put at risk,” he added.