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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,” Gonzales said in a March 10 statement.  “Those who conspire to support and finance the terrorist actions of al-Qaeda and other enemies will be found and they will face justice.”

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’s Bundeskriminalamt in Frankfurt, Germany, in January 2003 and extradited to the United States to face trial at a federal court in New York.

“This conviction was made possible by the valuable assistance of the German government,” Gonzales said.  “Germany 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:

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CRM
THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2005
(202) 514-2008
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."

 

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(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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