Updated: e-Jihadi: Irhabi007 (Younis Tsouli)
I have covered Al-Qaeda e-Jihadi “Irhabi007” here in the past. He is currently in custody and is awaiting trial, Aaron at Internet Haganah located a picture of our glorious “electronic mujahadeen”. Here’s to hoping he gets a nice long prison sentence.
Let’s savor the moment shall we.
Update via the Washington Post:
The third and perhaps most well-known member of the group, Moroccan-born Younes Tsouli, 23, grew adept at setting up sites to host massive video files and other propaganda. Investigators said he eventually became the de facto administrator of the online jihadist forum Muntada al-Ansar al-Islami, at one time the main Internet public relations mouthpiece of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Al Qaeda’s former leader in Iraq.
The trio maintained their innocence throughout most of their trial over the past few months. This past week, however, all three changed their pleas to guilty. The men were sentenced Thursday to prison terms ranging from six-and-one-half to ten years.
“These three men, by their own admission, were encouraging others to become terrorists and murder innocent people,” said Peter Clarke, head of Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command. “This is the first successful prosecution for inciting murder using the Internet, showing yet again that terrorist networks are spanning the globe.”
According to documents obtained by washingtonpost.com, the three men used stolen credit card numbers to make purchases at hundreds of online stores, armed with shopping lists of items that fellow jihadists might need in the field. Authorities also say the men laundered funds from stolen credit card accounts through more than a dozen online gambling Web sites.
The precedent is being set.