Saturday, August 04, 2007

Crouching Terrorists... Hidden Danger

Caliphornian Arrested on Terror Charges
By THE NEW YORK TIMES
Published: August 4, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 3 — Federal authorities said Friday that a California man has been arrested on terrorism-related charges and indicted along with his Malaysian brother, a fugitive and suspected leader of Jemaah Islamiyah, the group blamed for killing 202 people in the 2002 bombing of a nightclub in Bali, Indonesia.
Rahmat Abdhir, 43, a United States citizen of Malaysian descent living in San Jose, was arrested at his workplace in Sunnyvale on Thursday after officials issued a 16-count indictment charging him with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists, lying to federal officials and contributing goods and services to a “global terrorist.”
The indictment also names his brother, Zulkifli Abdhir, 41, a Malaysian citizen who has eluded capture since 2003.
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Dhimmiapolis, Dhimmisota: Suspect with al-Qaida links convicted of immigration charges
Associated Press
August 3, 2007 7:44 PM ET
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A federal jury convicted Mohamad Kamal Elzahabi (EHL'-zah-hah-bee) of possessing fraudulent immigration documents today.
The 44-year-old was arrested three years ago as part of a terrorism investigation, and has admitted ties to al-Qaida. But he was prosecuted on immigration charges as prosecutors alleged he used fraud to stay in the United States.
U.S. Attorney Rachel Paulose said the case was about maintaining the integrity of American immigration documents.
Prosecutors alleged that Elzahabi's 1984 marriage to an exotic dancer in Houston was a business deal to obtain a green card, with Elzahabi paying her to be his wife so he could become a legal permanent resident.
Elzahabi Attorney Paul Engh had argued that his client, who is Lebanese, had pure intentions when he married the woman.
The FBI said Elzahabi admitted attending a jihad training camp, fought as a sniper in Afghanistan in the early 1990s, and had connections to high-ranking members of the terrorist organization.
A sentencing date has not been set.

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