A Queens man who flew to Pakistan after Sept. 11 to join al Qaida was set free in New York by a Manhattan federal judge in December because he had cooperated with the FBI.
A spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara confirms admitted terrorist Mohammed Junaid Babar is now a free man but declined further comment.
Babar gave interviews in Pakistan in 2002 claiming "I will kill every American that I see in Afghanistan and while I'm in Pakistan if I see them in Pakistan I will kill every American soldier I see in Pakistan."
After his arrest, Babar helped the FBI track suspects in the so-called Citicorp center bomb plot back in 2005 and helped British authorities foil a fertilizer bomb plot targeting trains and landmarks in 2006. Officials said Babar also had ties to Mohammed Siddique Khan -- the terrorist who successfully carried out the 7/7 subway bombings in London.
Babar lived in Jamaica Queens and was arrested by the FBI after he returned to New York from Pakistan nearly 7 years ago.
Babar's own mother was in the World Trade Center on 9-11 and survived. When he first agreed to cooperate, officials at the time suggested Babar would face 30 years in prison for his al Qaeda ties. And probation officials recommended a 30-year term at sentencing.
But Judge Marrero's sentence of "time served" means that Babar served just 4 1/2 years. A court spokeswoman would not comment on the sentence or why the hearing was not on a public calendar in advance.