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Alleged International Terrorist Arraigned Today in Brooklyn Federal Court Following Extradition from Nigeria
As a Member of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Nigerian Man Allegedly Received Weapons Training, Recruited Operatives, and Helped Publish Inspire Magazine
U.S. Attorneys Office
September 27, 2013
Eastern District of New York
Lawal Olaniyi Babafemi, a Nigerian citizen charged with providing material support to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), a designated foreign terrorist organization, and using firearms in furtherance of that crime, was arraigned today before United States District Judge John Gleeson at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York. At this initial appearance in court in the United States after his extradition from Nigeria, Babafemi was ordered held without bail.
The charges and arraignment were announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York; John Carlin, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division; and George Venizelos, Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
As alleged in the indictment, the defendant was a member of a violent terrorist organization bent on doing harm to the United States and its allies. The defendant threw his efforts behind al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsulas media, recruitment, and weapons training campaigns in an effort to strengthen the terrorist groups grip on the region and extend its reach throughout the world. We will use every tool at our disposal to combat al Qaeda and other terrorist groups in a manner consistent with our laws, stated United States Attorney Lynch. Ms. Lynch also expressed her grateful appreciation to the government of Nigeria for its assistance and cooperation in this extradition.
As alleged, the defendant trained with al Qaeda, assisted in its propaganda efforts, and actively recruited others to join its demented cause. We will continue to work with our international partners to mitigate the global terrorist threat, stated FBI Assistant Director in Charge Venizelos.
According to court documents and the record of todays proceeding, between approximately January 2010 and August 2011, the defendant traveled twice from Nigeria to Yemen to meet and train with leaders of AQAP, the Yemen-based branch of al Qaeda. Babafemi assisted in AQAPs English-language media operations, which include the publication of the magazine Inspire. At the direction of the now-deceased senior AQAP commander Anwar al-Aulaqi, Babafemi was provided by AQAP leadership with the equivalent of almost $9,000 in cash to recruit other English-speakers from Nigeria to join that group. While in Yemen, Babafemi also received weapons training from AQAP.
On February 21, 2013, a grand jury in the Eastern District of New York returned a sealed indictment charging the defendant with one count of conspiracy to provide material support to AQAP, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2339B; one count of providing and attempting to provide material support to AQAP, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2339B; one count of unlawful use of machineguns, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c); and one count of conspiracy to unlawfully use machineguns, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(o). At the request of the United States, the Nigerian government thereafter commenced extradition proceedings against the defendant in July 2013, and he was ordered extradited in September 2013.
The charges in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
If convicted, the defendant faces up to 15 years in prison on each of the material support charges and up to life on each of the firearms charges.
The governments case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Zainab Ahmad and Hilary Jager, with assistance from Trial Attorney William M. Narus of the Justice Departments Counterterrorism Section and the Justice Departments Office of International Affairs.
Lawal Olaniyi Babafemi
“Terrorist mouthpiece indicted in Brooklyn court for supporting Al Qaeda under guidance from Anwar al-Awlaki
Lawal Babafemi, 33, pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that he was paid nearly $9,000 to boost recruitment and training campaigns for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.”
BY JOHN MARZULLI / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2013, 12:29 PM
SNIPPET: “Babafemi, 33, allegedly assisted in the Al Qaeda’s media operations under the direction of now deceased propaganda honcho Anwar al-Awlaki, including the publication of its on-line magazine “Inspire.”
Al-Awlaki was killed in a U.S. air strike in Yemen in 2011. Boston Marathon terrorists Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev were reportedly inspired to build pressure cooker bombs through the magazine.”
SNIPPET: “Babafemi has been jailed in Nigeria since August 2011.”