Friday, October 03, 2008

New York Appeals Court Overturns Terrorism Convictions for Yemeni Cleric Mohammed Ali Al-Moayad he funneled $20 Mill to Al-Qaeda from Al-Farooq Mosque

It said the convictions for conspiring to provide material support to Hamas and al-Qaida came after the men were deprived of a fair trial. The jury heard evidence that the defendants met with government informants in Germany in January 2003. One informant testified that al-Moayad had boasted of giving Osama bin Laden $20 million in the years before Sept. 11.

This came out in the Yemeni Sheik Mohammed Ali Hassan Al-Moayad case. He "helped funnel Islamist fighters to al-Qaida in Bosnia and Afghanistan.

" This happened at the Al Farouq mosque:
"The al-Farooq mosque was recently in the news when federal prosecutors announced charges alleging that a radical Yemeni cleric -- who in 1999 appeared at the mosque to raise money, allegedly for needy families -- in fact helped funnel millions of dollars to al-Qaeda. According to Justice Department officials, Sheikh Muhammad Ali Hasan al-Moayad told a federal informant that money he took in at the mosque went to Osama bin Laden.....

Al-Farooq first became a major source of revenue for terrorist groups in the late 1980s and 1990s. In 1988, the late Sheikh Abdullah Azzam, a key figure in the latter-day international jihad movement, addressed a conference at the mosque, exhorting the faithful to carry out holy war wherever they are. Azzam's Alkifah Refugee Center -- a bogus charitable organization that ran a nationwide network out of the mosque -- was involved in both fundraising and recruitment for terrorist operations.

In 1990, al-Farooq was taken over by Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, a blind cleric who had just come to the United States from Egypt, and who for a while effectively commanded the jihad movement here.... [Al Farooq] mosque leaders have since claimed to have left the jihad business. According to new indictments, however, the jihad fundraising at al-Farooq may have never really stopped."

Bill Warner
Private investigator