Uzair Paracha

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Uzair Paracha (born January 7, 1980)[1] is a Pakistani American convicted of providing material support to al-Qaeda by a court in New York in 2005.[2] He is serving a 30 year prison sentence.[3]

Early life[edit]

He is the son of Saifullah Paracha who is a citizen of Pakistan currently held by the United States in Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba.[3] He was born in Pakistan on January 7, 1980.[1] His mother Farhat Paracha was a student of sociology at New York University. Paracha himself attended Rainbow Montessori school in Brooklyn when he was 3 years old.[1] As a teen he attended B. V. S. Parsi High School in Karachi.[1] Paracha subsequently obtained a degree in business administration from Institute of Business Administration, Karachi in 2002.[4]

Arrest and conviction[edit]

At the time of arrest in March 2003 he was a Permanent resident of United States.[5] He was initially held as a material witness in the investigation against al-Qaeda after the September 11 attacks. He was later charged with helping alleged al-Qaeda operative Majid Khan obtain legal status in U.S. fraudulently.[5] In November 2005 he was convicted of helping Khan.[2] In July 2006 he was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.[6] He is serving his sentence at FCI Terre Haute.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Rohde, David (18 August 2003). "Pakistani Detainee Enjoyed Deep U.S. Roots". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 June 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "US convicts man of al-Qaeda plot". BBC. 24 November 2005. Retrieved 16 June 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Dossier Shows Push for More Attacks After 9/11". The New York Times. 25 April 2011. Retrieved 16 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Lawyer: Detained Pakistani to face terrorism charges". CNN. 6 August 2003. Retrieved 16 June 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Pakistani on US al-Qaeda charge". BBC. 8 August 2003. Retrieved 16 June 2011. 
  6. ^ Schapiro, Rich (21 July 2006). "Man snuck in terrorist". New York Daily News. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Inmate search: FCI Terre Haute". Retrieved 19 June 2011. 

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