District Court Ruled That The Fruits of FISA Surveillance Were Admissible in This Case
Agron Hasbajrami, 31, an Albanian citizen and resident of Brooklyn, New York, pleaded guilty today to attempting and conspiring to provide material support to terrorists before U.S. District Judge John Gleeson of the Eastern District of New York. At sentencing on July 30, 2015, the defendant faces up to 20 years in prison.
The guilty plea was announced by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, Acting U.S. Attorney Kelly T. Currie of the Eastern District of New York, Assistant Director in Charge Diego G. Rodriguez of the FBI’s New York Field Office and Commissioner William J. Bratton of the New York City Police Department.
“This case is another example that shows that when people in the New York area conspire with, attempt to join, or fund a terrorist organization, even in the Tribal Area of Pakistan, they will be uncovered by the agents and detectives of the JTTF, and they will face the full consequences of the law,” said Police Commissioner Bratton.
As part of the plea, Hasbajrami agreed to be deported from the United States at the conclusion of his sentence, and the government agreed to allow the defendant to preserve his right to challenge on appeal the lawfulness of surveillance obtained or derived from the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (FAA), a question of first impression in the Second Circuit. The U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of New York ruled in February 2015 that the fruits of FISA surveillance in this case were admissible.
Read more about the charges [here].