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Indictment of Alleged Al Qaeda Operative Unsealed

This week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) published a press release announcing that the six-count indictment charging Ibrahim Suleiman Adnan Adam Harun with conspiracy to murder American military personnel in Afghanistan, conspiracy to bomb American government facilities abroad, conspiracy to provide and provision of material support to al-Qaeda, and carrying firearms in relation to crimes of violence, was unsealed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

According to the press release, the crimes allegedly committed by Harun stem back to 2001 when the defendant traveled from Saudi Arabian to Afghanistan to fight violent jihad. The defendant arrived in Afghanistan shortly before 9/11 and remained there until 2003 when he received further al Qaeda training in Pakistan. That same year, the press release continues, Harun traveled to Africa to conduct attacks on United States diplomatic facilities in Nigeria. Shortly after a co-conspirator was arrested, Harun crossed into Libya on his way to Europe but was apprehended by Libyan authorities. He remained in Libyan custody until June 2011.

Harun was released by the Libyan government only to be arrested by Italian authorities after assaulting officers on board a refuge ship headed to Italy. A federal grand jury in Brooklyn, NY indicted Harun on February 21, 2012 and a few months thereafter, the Naples Court of Appeals found the defendant extraditable pursuant to a bilateral extradition treaty between the United States and Italy to face the U.S. charges. The defendant arrived in the United States on October 4, 2012 and the case is scheduled for a public status conference before U.S. District Judge Edward R. Korman on March 22 at 2:30 p.m.

 

To read the indictment, click here.

To see the full press release, click here.

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