U.S. judge sentences Tunisian accused of link to Canada train plot to time served

Ahmed Abassi

(Reuters) – A Tunisian man who prosecutors said had ties to a man accused of unsuccessfully plotting to derail a Canada-U.S. passenger train was sentenced by a U.S. judge to time served on Wednesday after pleading guilty last month to immigration charges.

Ahmed Abassi, 27, will be deported to Tunisia following the sentence by U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum, who made clear during a hearing in Manhattan federal court she viewed the 15 months he served as enough following his plea.

“I hope you will think very seriously about the events of the last year and will decide always to abide by the laws of the United States,” the judge said. “And if you do that, I wish you good luck.”

“Your honor, I agree,” Abassi, dressed in prison blue prison garb, said through an interpreter.

When charges were unsealed in May 2013, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Abassi had an “evil purpose for seeking to remain in the United States”…

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