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NY: Sheik convicted of terror-funding charges
Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/10/05 | Michael Weissenstein - AP

Posted on 03/10/2005 2:57:39 PM PST by NormsRevenge

NEW YORK (AP) - A Yemeni sheik and his assistant were convicted Thursday of plotting to funnel money to al-Qaida and Hamas, handing a victory to prosecutors shaken last year when the man who was supposed to be their star witness set himself on fire outside the White House.

Sheik Mohammed Ali Hassan Al-Moayad and Mohammed Mohsen Yahya Zayed were found guilty on all but two of the 10 charges in an indictment that accused them of vital roles in a terror-funding network that stretched from Brooklyn to Yemen.

In a meeting with FBI informants in a German hotel room, the men were secretly recorded promising to funnel more than $2 million to Hamas, the Palestinian extremist group that has carried out suicide bombings against Israel.

Al-Moayad was also heard boasting that Osama bin Laden had once called him "my sheik."

Al-Moayad, 56, could get 60 years in prison, and Zayed, 31, could receive 30 years behind bars.

The defendants protested after the verdict was announced, crying out in Arabic that the trial had been unfair.

Al-Moayad shouted in Arabic that jurors saw only "one half of one quarter" of the surveillance tapes that made up the bulk of the government's case. He was rushed from the room by U.S. marshals.

"Your honor, I want another lawyer," Zayed said in Arabic to U.S. District Judge Sterling Johnson Jr. after the verdict was read. "I want another lawyer in order to defend my case because the jury did not fully study my case."

The men were arrested by German police in January 2003 and extradited to the United States, where then-Attorney General John Ashcroft announced that the arrests "bring justice to the full network of terror."

The case caused outrage in Yemen, where al-Moayad is a well-known cleric and high-ranking member of the Islamist opposition Islah party.

During the five-week trial, prosecutors said al-Moayad supported Hamas suicide bombings in Israel and helped funnel Islamist fighters to al-Qaida in Bosnia and Afghanistan. He was secretly recorded showing the FBI informants receipts for donations that he said he made to charities acting as front groups for Palestinian terrorists.

The case was roiled in November when one of the informants who met the defendants in Germany, Mohamed Alanssi, set himself on fire outside the White House. The government decided not to use him as a witness, but the defense called him to the stand to try to undermine the prosecution's case. He testified that he burned himself to gain more money and attention from the FBI.

The judge dealt prosecutors another blow when he cut some of the most potentially damaging evidence against al-Moayad from their case, including address books and a training-camp entry form tying the defendant to Islamist fighters in Bosnia and al-Qaida forces in Afghanistan.

But Johnson admitted the evidence at the end of the five-week trial so prosecutors could rebut defense claims that al-Moayad and Zayed had no links to terrorism before they were snared by Alanssi and the FBI.

Defense lawyers charged in their closing arguments that prosecutors had played on jurors' fears of terrorism and tried to incite anti-Muslim prejudice.

More than 100 people have been charged with supporting terrorism since Sept. 11, 2001, Justice Department officials said. Al-Moayad is among the few arrested overseas to face trial in the United States.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; Israel; US: New York; War on Terror
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1 posted on 03/10/2005 2:57:39 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

A win for the good guys!


2 posted on 03/10/2005 3:00:18 PM PST by Dog (FReepers-- - -- --- We are a battery of 80,000 bullsh*t-seeking missiles.)
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To: NormsRevenge; Happy2BMe; Travis McGee; gubamyster; NewRomeTacitus; DoughtyOne

NO SHIITE!!! BTTT


3 posted on 03/10/2005 3:05:47 PM PST by ApesForEvolution (I just took a Muhammad and wiped my Jihadist with Mein Koran...come and get me nutbags.)
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To: Dog

GOOD NEWS!


4 posted on 03/10/2005 3:16:29 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: NormsRevenge
Sheik Mohammed Ali Hassan Al-Moayad (2003)


5 posted on 03/10/2005 3:35:32 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... The War on Terrorism is the ultimate 'faith-based' initiative.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Good, now hang the terrorists.


6 posted on 03/10/2005 3:47:40 PM PST by rdl6989
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To: NormsRevenge

Likely he is hoping a Democrat will be elected President, and with enough donations from his followers, he'll get a pardon.


7 posted on 03/10/2005 3:53:35 PM PST by Plutarch
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To: rdl6989; ApesForEvolution; MEG33; Dog; NormsRevenge; GVgirl; Ernest_at_the_Beach
"Your honor, I want another lawyer," Zayed said in Arabic to U.S. District Judge Sterling Johnson Jr. after the verdict was read. "I want another lawyer in order to defend my case because the jury did not fully study my case."

Sheik Omar Bakri:

(Note to self, do not return the phone calls of Mr. Mark Geragos.)

8 posted on 03/10/2005 3:57:26 PM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham (Protagoras was the leading SOPHIST of his day. Think about it.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Dude, nice Jambiah! Wonder if he will be allowed to carry it around in the pokey? < /sarc >


9 posted on 03/10/2005 4:18:54 PM PST by LayoutGuru2 (Triskaidekaphobia ? Never heard of it !)
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To: NormsRevenge; dennisw; SJackson; MeekOneGOP; TrueBeliever9; Geist Krieger; JohnHuang2; Salem; ...
SHEIK IT OUT - SHEIK MOHAMMED WON'T BE FUNDING ANYMORE HAMAS TERRORISTS ANYTIME SOON (60 YEARS?) - ping.

(Check the blade he's packing - wonder what that's for?)

BTW - great job by our FBI.

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NEW YORK (AP) - A Yemeni sheik and his assistant were convicted Thursday of plotting to funnel money to al-Qaida and Hamas, handing a victory to prosecutors shaken last year when the man who was supposed to be their star witness set himself on fire outside the White House.

10 posted on 03/10/2005 4:31:10 PM PST by Happy2BMe (Government is not the solution to our problem, government *IS* the problem.)
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To: Happy2BMe

LOL. Good news, Happy. Thanks so much.


11 posted on 03/10/2005 4:37:28 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: NormsRevenge

Fry the SOB's.


12 posted on 03/10/2005 4:53:37 PM PST by blam
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To: NormsRevenge
A Yemeni sheik and his assistant were convicted.....

Shake yer (money maker) booty instead of sitting on it

13 posted on 03/10/2005 4:54:11 PM PST by dennisw (Seeing as how this is a .44 magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world .........)
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To: NormsRevenge
Mohammed Ali Hassan Al-Moayad and Mohammed Mohsen Yahya Zayed

How do these guys have a conversation in crowded room and they're all called Mohammed?

14 posted on 03/10/2005 5:15:08 PM PST by benjaminjjones
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To: Do not dub me shapka broham; NormsRevenge
Al-Moayad, 56, could get 60 years in prison, and Zayed, 31, could receive 30 years behind bars.

That will keep them quiet for quite a while.

Sounds like these prosecutors really have done a good job to get these convictions.

15 posted on 03/10/2005 5:48:59 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: NormsRevenge

Scumbag, pig-sucking, Islamists behind bars Bump.


16 posted on 03/10/2005 5:54:21 PM PST by DoctorMichael (The Fourth Estate is a Fifth Column!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: DoctorMichael

So happy, I'm so happy ! There is just an electric feeling in the air!


17 posted on 03/10/2005 6:41:12 PM PST by DAC22
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To: LayoutGuru2; arasina; DAC22; Petronski; benjaminjjones; Victoria Delsoul; blam; Happy2BMe; ...
Former Attorney General Ashcroft is my main bro-ham!

This is what I call a job well done.

:0)

-good times, G.J.P. (Jr.)

18 posted on 03/10/2005 6:46:28 PM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham (Protagoras was the leading SOPHIST of his day. Think about it.)
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To: Do not dub me shapka broham

I for one consider John Ashcroft a true patriot.


19 posted on 03/10/2005 6:54:00 PM PST by Happy2BMe (Government is not the solution to our problem, government *IS* the problem.)
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To: Happy2BMe; DoctorMichael
Same here.

If it were within my capacity, he would be sitting on the U.S. Supreme Court.

20 posted on 03/10/2005 6:57:48 PM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham (Protagoras was the leading SOPHIST of his day. Think about it.)
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To: Do not dub me shapka broham
This is what I call a job well done.

Here, let me help you.


21 posted on 03/10/2005 7:16:03 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Victoria Delsoul
Awesome.

Danke!

:)

-good times, G.J.P. (Jr.)

22 posted on 03/10/2005 7:40:23 PM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham (Protagoras was the leading SOPHIST of his day. Think about it.)
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To: Happy2BMe

Thanks for the ping!


23 posted on 03/10/2005 8:45:44 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Happy2BMe

Another bad guy goes down!


24 posted on 03/10/2005 8:55:44 PM PST by M. Espinola (Freedom is not free!)
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To: Happy2BMe

Ropma behind bars!


25 posted on 03/10/2005 9:48:41 PM PST by Yehuda (AMERICA: LAND OF THE FREE, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: NormsRevenge

There are 1.2 BILLION of us you infidels.

One arrest will not stop jihad.

Sleep well sheep, for the sword os islam shall visit you soon.

26 posted on 03/10/2005 11:38:35 PM PST by sarah_f ( Know Islam, Know Terror.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Sheik Yerbouti
27 posted on 03/11/2005 4:23:00 AM PST by Vaquero
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To: Salem; SJackson; Alouette; sheik yerbouty; Yehuda; Nachum; Mark in the Old South; Pyro7480; ...

BAM! Slam dunk!


28 posted on 03/11/2005 5:32:14 AM PST by Convert from ECUSA (tired of all the shucking and jiving)
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To: benjaminjjones

I think that's why they all go by a nickname like Abu Assram and such.


29 posted on 03/11/2005 6:44:34 AM PST by BJClinton (My name is Rather. And I'm a dick)
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To: NormsRevenge

The ACLU will help him with his troubles.


30 posted on 03/11/2005 6:48:32 AM PST by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: NormsRevenge

Allahu Fubar!


31 posted on 03/11/2005 6:55:26 AM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: benjaminjjones

It is sometime their custom to name every one "Mohammed", with the middle name being different.


32 posted on 03/11/2005 6:56:32 AM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: sarah_f

There are 4.8 billion of everyone else.


33 posted on 03/11/2005 6:57:51 AM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: NormsRevenge

Enjoy your time in the clink scumbags. I am sure you'll have a lot of lovely new friends that are still mighty pissed about 9-11 in there.

This sends a powerful message to other funders of jihad-civilian killers that they are indeed responsible for the death as much as the trigger-pulling terrorists.


34 posted on 03/11/2005 8:48:14 AM PST by quantfive
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To: sheik yerbouty; Convert from ECUSA; quantfive; M. Espinola; Yehuda; BJClinton
Frank Zappa has aged rather badly.

Don't ya think?

:&)

-good times, G.J.P. (Jr.)

35 posted on 03/11/2005 11:47:59 AM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham (Protagoras was the leading SOPHIST of his day. Think about it.)
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To: Do not dub me shapka broham

Must be the diet.


36 posted on 03/11/2005 11:50:37 AM PST by Convert from ECUSA (tired of all the shucking and jiving)
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To: Do not dub me shapka broham

At this point he would look...piqued.


37 posted on 03/11/2005 1:05:57 PM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: LayoutGuru2

Maybe we should let him carry it around at a PETA protest so they can pelt him or something- aren't the handles on those things made from rhinoceros horn?


38 posted on 03/11/2005 6:28:47 PM PST by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: Do not dub me shapka broham

I think he aged just fine...indeed, I think he has passed on to heaven.

--- JDR


39 posted on 03/11/2005 7:06:55 PM PST by Silversmith (Long Live Liberty!)
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To: sheik yerbouty
It is sometime their custom to name every one "Mohammed", with the middle name being different.

I figured that, I was just making fun of them. I think some society's even go by the last name. Romans had a whole different thing too I think.

I was at a retail client up here in liberal Boston one night and a couple of Mohammed's walked in. I made a comment about "I'd rather whack them" after they'd left the counter.

The liberal twit little college girls that worked there looked at me in horror. Gotta get to a Red State.

40 posted on 03/11/2005 7:28:13 PM PST by benjaminjjones
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To: Silversmith
What freaked me out about his death wasn't so much the cause that precipitated it.

After all, almost every man-if he lives long enough-will be afflicted with it.

It was how young he was when died from that disease.

R.I.P.

-good times, G.J.P. (Jr.)

41 posted on 03/11/2005 8:45:20 PM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham (Protagoras was the leading SOPHIST of his day. Think about it.)
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To: Vaquero; Do not dub me shapka broham; Silversmith

Ok, Ok, confession time, I stole St. Alfonzo's margarine


42 posted on 03/12/2005 2:11:16 AM PST by benjaminjjones
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To: Vaquero

That's not me!


43 posted on 03/12/2005 10:51:43 AM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: benjaminjjones
I just knew you were the culprit.

I KNEW IT ALL ALONG!

:0)

-good times, G.J.P. (Jr.)

44 posted on 03/12/2005 12:22:48 PM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham (Protagoras was the leading SOPHIST of his day. Think about it.)
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Justice isn't served until they swing.


45 posted on 03/12/2005 8:47:57 PM PST by SunkenCiv (last updated my FreeRepublic profile on Sunday, February 20, 2005.)
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