washington   - A US national was convicted by a New York jury for hiding information from the federal authorities that he travelled to Pakistan to join a terrorist group. Abdel Hameed Shehadeh faces a maximum sentence of 21 years imprisonment. The date of his sentencing has not been announced yet.

According to court papers, Shehadeh travelled to Pakistan from New York on June 13, 2008 to join terrorist groups in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), but was denied entry into the country by Pakistani authorities.

On return, he told investigators from the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) that he had travelled to Pakistan to visit a university.