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DOJ Arrests and Convictions in March

This month there were a number of notable arrests and convictions in connection with the Department of Justice’s fight against terrorism. Notably and in reverse chronological order:

  • Last week, al-Shabaab operative Mohamed Ibrahim Ahmed was sentenced by a Manhattan federal court to 111 months in prison for conspiring to provide material support to and conspiring to receive military-type training from the Somalia-based terrorist organization.
  • Ahmed Abdul Kadir Warsame‘s plea of guilty to a nine-count indictment that charged him with providing material support to al-Shabaab and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and conspiring to teach and demonstrate how to make explosives and possessing firearms and explosives in furtherance of crimes of violence to other nations, was unsealed. He pleaded guilty on December 21, 2011 in Manhattan federal court.
  • Osama bin Laden’s former associate, Sulaiman Abu Ghayth (also known as “Suleiman Abu Gayth”) was arrested earlier this month in New York City and charged with conspiracy to kill United States nationals. No trial date has been set.
  • Naturalized U.S. citizen and Portland, Oregon resident Reaz Qadir Khan was arrested in Portland and charged with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists for his alleged participation in a May 27, 2009 suicide bombing at the headquarters of Pakistan’s intelligence service in Pakistan. Approximately 30 people were killed and 300 injured in the attack.
  • At the beginning of the month, a Miami federal court convicted 77-year old Hafiz Muhammed Sher Ali Khan on all counts of an indictment, including providing material support to terrorists, specifically the Pakistani Taliban.
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  1. […] terrorists overseas rather than use military force against them, citing specifically the cases of Sulaiman Abu Ghayth and Ahmed Abdul Kadir Warsame. Moreover, Carter and Pearlstein argue, the Justice […]

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