CALIFORNIAN INDICTED ON TERRORISM CHARGES
35 year old Anaheim, California resident, Ahmed Nasir Taalisl Mohamud, conspired to provide material support to terrorists, provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, and conspired to kill in a foreign country and to launder monetary instruments, according to an indictment unsealed yesterday in Federal Court Southern District of California.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Jan M. Adler arraigned Mohamud in federal court in San Diego, and ordered him held without bail pending a detention heaing on Dec. 7.
Prosecutors claim that Mohamud conspired with three others to provide money to a violent and brutal militia group in Somalia that goes by the name of al Shabaab. The literal translation of al Shabaab is: "the youth" or "the lads."
According to U.S. State Department Documents, al Shabaab, has been designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (as amended) and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224 (as amended).
These designations include a prohibition against the provision of material support or resources to al-Shabaab and blocking of all property and interests in property of the organization that are in the United States, or come within the United States, or the control of U.S. persons. The Secretary of State took this action in consultation with the Attorney General and the Secretary of the Treasury. Designations play a critical role in the fight against terrorism and are a means of curtailing support for terrorist activities and pressuring groups to renounce terrorism.
The State Department describes al Shabaab as a violent and brutal extremist group with a number of individuals affiliated with al-Qa`ida, and many of its senior leaders are believed to have trained and fought with al-Qaida in Afghanistan.
"Al-Shabaab has used intimidation and violence to undermine the Somali government and threatened civil society activists working to bring about peace through political dialogue and reconciliation," the State Department said. "The group has claimed responsibility for shooting Deputy District Administrators, as well as several bombings and shootings in Mogadishu targeting Ethiopian troops and Somali government officials. Al-Shabaab’s leader, Aden Hashi Ayrow, has ordered his fighters to attack African Union (AU) troops based in Mogadishu. Ayrow has also called for foreign fighters to join al-Shabaab in their fight in Somalia."
The Mohamud indictment alleges that al Shabaab has used assassinations, improvised explosive devices, rockets, mortars, automatic weapons, suicide bombings, and other tactics of intimidation and violence to undermine Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government and its supporters.
According to the indictment, returned on Nov. 19, 2010, Mohamud conspired with Basaaly Saeed Moalin, Mohamed Mohamed Mohamud, and Issa Doreh to provide money to al Shabaab.
Court records show that Moalin, Mohamed Mohamed Mohamud, and Issa Doreh are charged with the same offenses in a separate indictment already pending in federal court in San Diego.
The charge of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The charge of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The charge of conspiracy to kill in a foreign country carries maximum penalty of life in prison and a $250,000 fine. The charge of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.