Abdulrahman El-Bahnasawy was either a hardened terrorist or a mentally ill drug abuser exploited by a cruel system. Depending on who you ask.
The deeply troubled man from Mississauga, Ontario, has been sentenced to 40 years after pleading guilty to seven counts of terrorism last March.
His thwarted attempts in New York City were an ISIS-fuelled plot where he would have unleashed carnage and bloodshed on Manhattan landmarks.
Now, his mother tells the Sun she refuses to accept his guilty plea and wants to present the facts – ones that tell the story of his mental health and how unfair Canadian and U.S. authorities have been to him.
Khadiga Metwally told The Sun in an email that her 21-year-old son is a “sick kid” and that a U.S. prison is “the harshest environment any kid [can] face.”