Monday, October 08, 2012

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Trial Of 3 Al-Qaeda Terrorists Extradited From Great Britain Who Link to Sarasota Imam Muneer Arafat.

Ziyad Khaleel purchased a $7,500.00 satellite phone and 400 min. of time and had it sent to Osama bin-Laden for use in the 1998 US Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania via Khaled al-Fawwaz in London.

Sarasota Imam Muneer Arafat had been the roommate of Al-Qaeda procurement terrorist Ziyad Sadaqa aka Ziyad Khaleel in the St. Louis MO area during 1996 to 1999. Al-Qaeda Operative Ziyad Khaleel (aka Ziyad Sadaqa) and Sarasota Imam Muneer Arafat were roommates in Columbia MO and in St. Louis, Ziyad Khaleel aka Ziyad Sadaqa went to Orlando Fl in 2000 and Imam Muneer Arafat shows up in Sarasota Fl in March 2000 just prior to Mohamed Atta and the other 9/11 hijackers.

See Jan 20, 2003 article about Sarasota Imam Muneer Arafat in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “U.S. Looks For Local Ties, Sources Say“ published just after he was arrested on Immigration charges by ICE agents in November 2002. Sarasota Imam Muneer Arafat had been the roommate of Al-Qaeda procurement terrorist Ziyad Sadaqa aka Ziyad Khaleel.
Bin Laden’s phone (87-368-250-5331) is believed to be used by other top al-Qaeda leaders as well, including Ayman al-Zawahiri and Mohammad Atef. The phone—a Compact M satellite phone, about the size of a laptop computer—was purchased by a student named Ziyad Khaleel for $7,500 using the credit card of a British man named Saad al-Fagih. After purchasing the phone, Khaleel sent it to Khaled al-Fawwaz, al-Qaeda’s unofficial press secretary in London (see Early 1994-September 23, 1998). Al-Fawwaz then shipped it to bin Laden in Afghanistan.

Muneer Arafat's roommate Ziyad Khaleel aka Ziyad Sadaqa was in contact with ADEL ABDEL BARY and KHALED AL FAWWAZ prior to the 1998 US Embassy Bombings inTanzania and Kenya Africa. Ziyad Khaleel aka Ziyad Sadaqa had Khaled al-Fawwaz's phone number on speed dial. From 1991 to 1994, while living in Denver CO, Ziyad Khaleel was vice president of the Denver Islamic Society. Terror Imam Anwar al-Awlaki served as Imam of the Denver Islamic Society from 1992–96. Al-Qaeda agents Ziyad Khaleel and Anwar al-Awlaki were both in the Denver area in 1992.

ABU HAMZA” to Face Terrorism Charges for 1998 Kidnapping in Yemen, Supporting the Establishment of a Terrorist Training Camp in the United States, and Facilitating Violent Jihad in Afghanistan.


ADEL ABDEL BARY Charged for 1998 U.S. Embassy Bombings in Kenya and Tanzania and, along with KHALED AL FAWWAZ, for Conspiring With al Qaeda to Kill U.S. Nationals and Attack U.S. Persons and Buildings Abroad.
Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Mary Galligan, the Acting Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), and Raymond W. Kelly, the Police Commissioner of the City of New York (“NYPD”), today announced the extradition of three defendants charged with terrorism offenses in two separate cases. MUSTAFA KAMEL MUSTAFA, a/k/a “Abu Hamza,” a/k/a “Abu Hamza al Masri,” (“ABU HAMZA”), 54, a naturalized citizen of the United Kingdom, is charged in connection with a hostage-taking in Yemen in 1998 that resulted in four deaths, a conspiracy to establish a terrorist training camp in Bly, Oregon, in 1999, and supporting violent jihad in Afghanistan in 2000 and 2001.

Separately, ADEL ABDEL BARY, 52, a citizen of Egypt, and KHALED AL FAWWAZ, 50, a citizen of Saudi Arabia, are charged with conspiring with members of al Qaeda to kill United States nationals, and to attack U.S. interests abroad. BARY is also charged with murder, conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, and other offenses, in connection with the 1998 bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, which caused the deaths of 224 individuals and injured thousands more.
ABU HAMZA, FAWWAZ, and BARY were extradited from the U.K. and arrived in the Southern District of New York last night. ABU HAMZA will be presented today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Frank Maas. He will be arraigned Tuesday morning, October 9, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. before U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest, at which time Judge Forrest will also hold an initial pre-trial conference. FAWWAZ and BARY will be presented and arraigned today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Frank Maas. Their case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, and an initial pre-trial conference before Judge Kaplan is scheduled for Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: “As is charged, these are men who were at the nerve centers of Al Qaeda’s acts of terror, and they caused blood to be shed, lives to be lost, and families to be shattered. After years of protracted legal battles, the extradition of these three alleged terrorists to the U.S. is a watershed moment in our nation’s efforts to eradicate terrorism, and it makes good on a promise to the American people to use every available diplomatic, legal, and administrative tool to pursue and prosecute charged terrorists no matter how long it takes. Now, Abu Hamza, Adel Abdel Bary, and Khaled al Fawwaz will finally face justice.”

FBI Acting Assistant Director-in-Charge Mary Galligan said: “The extraditions of Abu Hamza, Bary and Fawwaz are a major milestone in our effort to see these alleged high-level terrorists face American justice. The indictments allege the direct participation of these defendants in planning and carrying out some of the most odious acts of al Qaeda terrorism. When an indictment alleges the murderous intent of international terrorists, the government will not waver in its determination to achieve justice, no matter how long it takes.”

NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said: “The individuals accused of terrorism-related charges in this case were brought to justice as a result of great work by NYPD officers and FBI agents assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Force, in partnership with the outstanding team of prosecutors assembled by U.S. Attorney Bharara.”

Charges Against ABU HAMZA As alleged in the Indictment against ABU HAMZA: December 1998 Hostage-Taking in Yemen. On December 28, 1998, in Yemen, hostage-takers stormed a caravan of sport utility vehicles carrying 16 tourists, including two United States citizens, and took the tourists hostage by force. Prior to the hostage-taking, ABU HAMZA provided a co-conspirator in the hostage-taking (“CC-1”) with a satellite telephone.

ABU HAMZA subsequently spoke with CC-1 on that satellite telephone, agreed to act as an intermediary on behalf of the hostage-takers, and advised CC-1 with respect to the hostage-taking. On December 29, 1998, the Yemeni military launched a rescue operation. The hostage-takers fought the Yemeni military, using the hostages as human shields. During the rescue operation, four of the hostages were killed and several others were wounded.

Efforts To Create a Terrorist Training Camp in Bly, Oregon. In late 1999, ABU HAMZA and several co-conspirators, including Oussama Abdullah Kassir, Haroon Rashid Aswat, and others, attempted to create a terrorist training camp to support al Qaeda on property located in Bly, Oregon. The primary purpose of the Bly, Oregon, camp was to provide various types of terrorist training, including weapons training. In late November 1999, at ABU HAMZA’s direction, Kassir and Aswat traveled from London, England, to Bly to assist in setting up the camp.

On May 12, 2009, after a four-week jury trial in this District, Kassir was convicted of various criminal offenses, including conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and to al Qaeda, and conspiracy to kill persons overseas, as a result of Kassir’s participation in the efforts to establish the Bly terrorist training camp. On September 15, 2009, United States District Judge John F. Keenan sentenced Kassir to multiple terms of life in prison. The conviction was subsequently affirmed by the Court of Appeals.

Aswat was arrested in Zambia in July 2005 and then deported to England, where he was arrested at the request of the United States, pursuant to a warrant issued in this District. The extradition proceedings against Aswat are currently pending in the European Court of Human Rights.

Facilitating Violent Jihad in Afghanistan. In November 2000, ABU HAMZA requested that a co-conspirator (“CC-2”) escort another co-conspirator in London (“CC-3”) to a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan. ABU HAMZA introduced CC-2 to another co-conspirator (“CC-4”) in order to facilitate safe passage and transportation to Afghanistan, including via safehouses and other lodging in Pakistan. Thereafter, CC-2 and CC-3 traveled from London to Pakistan. CC-2 and CC-3 then separately entered Afghanistan.

In March or April 2001, ABU HAMZA conveyed instructions for CC-3 to contact a commander of the terrorist training camp in Afghanistan, who was expecting CC-3. Additionally, from the spring of 2000 through late 2001, ABU HAMZA provided goods and services to the Taliban by, among other things, urging his followers to donate money, goods and services to Taliban-sponsored programs in Afghanistan.

ABU HAMZA, KHALED AL FAWWAZ and ADEL ABDEL BARY face life in prison when convicted.

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