10 March 2005
Yemeni Cleric, Assistant Convicted of Funding Terrorism
Court finds Al-Moayad, Zayed guilty of supporting al-Qaida, Hamas
U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales welcomed the convictions of Yemeni cleric Mohammed Al Hassan Al-Moayad and his co-defendant Mohammed Mohsen Yahya Zayed, also a Yemeni citizen, on charges of providing material support to terrorist organizations.
"Today's convictions mark another important step in our war on terrorism,‚ÄĚ Gonzales said in a March 10 statement.¬† ‚ÄúThose who conspire to support and finance the terrorist actions of al-Qaeda and other enemies will be found and they will face justice.‚ÄĚ
The two were charged with conspiracy to provide financial support to al-Qaida and Hamas.¬† Al-Moayad and Zayed offered to transfer $2.5 million to the terrorist organizations in 2002 on behalf of undercover informants posing as terrorist donors.¬†
According to the complaint filed by the Justice Department, Al-Moayad also boasted to an informant of having provided more than $20 million to Osama bin Laden.¬† The complaint indicated that the cleric collected much of his funds for terrorist groups at a mosque in Brooklyn, New York.
The pair were arrested by Germany‚Äôs Bundeskriminalamt in Frankfurt, Germany, in January 2003 and extradited to the United States to face trial at a federal court in New York.
‚ÄúThis conviction was made possible by the valuable assistance of the German government,‚ÄĚ Gonzales said.¬† ‚ÄúGermany remains a key and powerful ally in the international fight against terrorist organizations."
Al-Moayad faces up to 60 years in prison for his conviction, and Zayed could receive up to 30 years.
Following is the text of the Justice Department statement:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CRM
THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2005
WWW.USDOJ.GOV¬† TDD (202) 514-1888
STATEMENT OF ATTORNEY GENERAL ALBERTO R. GONZALES ON THE AL-MOAYAD AND ZAYED CONVICTIONS
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales today issued the following statement on the convictions by a federal jury in Brooklyn, New York, of Mohammed Al Hasan Al-Moayad and Mohammed Mohsen Yahya Zayed on charges of conspiring to provide material support to the al-Qaeda and Hamas terrorist groups:
"Today's convictions mark another important step in our war on terrorism.¬† Those who conspire to support and finance the terrorist actions of al-Qaeda and other enemies will be found and they will face justice.¬† I thank the hardworking prosecutors and investigators who traveled the globe to bring these defendants to justice, and the jury for its careful consideration of the evidence in this case.¬† This conviction was made possible by the valuable assistance of the German government, which arrested the defendants in Germany and then extradited them to the United States.¬† Germany remains a key and powerful ally in the international fight against terrorist organizations."
(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)
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