Skip to comments.Abdurahman Alamoudi Sentenced to 19 Years in Prison in Terror Financing Case
Posted on 10/19/2004 9:35:08 PM PDT by Fedora
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A U.S. citizen has been sentenced to 23 years in jail on charges related to his activities in the United States and abroad with nations and organizations that have ties to terrorism, the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security announced today. Abdurahman M. Alamoudi, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Eritrea, was sentenced to 276 months in jail by District Judge Claude M. Hilton in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, this morning.
On July 30, 2004, Alamoudi pleaded guilty to three federal offenses: one count of violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), which imposes terrorism-related sanctions prohibiting unlicensed travel to and commerce with Libya; one count of false statements made in his application for naturalization; and a tax offense involving a long-term scheme to conceal from the IRS his financial transactions with Libya and his foreign bank accounts and to omit material information from the tax returns filed by his charities.
As part of a plea agreement, Alamoudi agreed to cooperate fully and truthfully in any and all investigations, including an ongoing investigation into a plot to assassinate an ally in the war against terrorism. Under the terms of that plea agreement, Alamoudi also agreed that he should be sentenced under the terrorism provision of the federal sentencing guidelines, and he agreed to forfeit all proceeds from his illegal dealings with Libya, which total at least $910,000, including $340,000 seized from him in the United Kingdom.
Alamoudi became a naturalized citizen in 1996. He is the founder and former executive director of the American Muslim Council (AMC), the founder of the American Muslim Foundation (AMF), and was an influential member of other Islamic political and charitable organizations.
Court documents filed in conjunction with his plea agreement describe how, from November 1995 to September 2003, Alamoudi devised a scheme to obtain money from Libya and other sources overseas for transmission into the United States without attracting the attention of federal immigration, customs and law enforcement officials. Alamoudi admitted to participating in a comprehensive scheme to conceal prohibited financial transactions related to Libya, his travel to Libya, and financial transactions designed to evade currency reporting requirements, among other things.
Alamoudi made at least 10 trips to Libya, many lasting as long as five days. According to court documents, while in Libya, Alamoudi participated in meetings with Libyan government officials. Initially, during a meeting on March 13, 2003, Alamoudi and Libyan government officials discussed creating "headaches" and disruptions in Saudi Arabia. As the scheme continued, however, Alamoudi learned that the actual objective was the assassination of Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah. Alamoudi participated in recruiting participants for this plot by introducing the Libyans to two Saudi dissidents in London and facilitating the transfer of hundreds of thousands of dollars of cash from the Libyans to those dissidents to finance the plot.
Alamoudi has been in U.S. custody since his arrest shortly after arriving at Washington Dulles International Airport on Sept. 28, 2003. Alamoudi intentionally withheld information about his Libya travel in response to a question from a Customs officer about which countries he had traveled to his itinerary.
"The government's investigations are designed to prevent acts of terrorism by obtaining cooperation and developing intelligence," said Attorney General John Ashcroft. "The sentence handed down in the Alamoudi case today shows that the system works: a terrorist facilitator has been sentenced to jail and we have reason to expect that through his cooperation, we will obtain intelligence that will assist us in our ongoing efforts to advance these critical investigations."
"This is a clear victory in the war against terrorism," said U.S. Attorney Paul J. McNulty of the Eastern District of Virginia. "Terrorists need money to operate, and the defendant was caught in the act of financing their deadly schemes."
Michael Garcia, Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), stated: "The sentence handed down today reflects the seriousness of Alamoudi's crimes. His conviction is the result of an extensive joint investigation by ICE, the FBI and IRS, in which agents tracked suitcases stuffed with cash, unearthed Swiss bank accounts, and documented meetings with shadowy figures around the globe. This case demonstrates how ICE is applying its legal authorities under the Joint Terrorism Task Force umbrella to address threats to our homeland."
"The ability to detect and analyze complex financial information from numerous sources is essential to the government's fight against terror," said Nancy Jardini, Chief, IRS Criminal Investigation. "The IRS has committed extensive civil and criminal resources to shut down terrorist financing from domestic sources, including charities."
The case is being investigated by agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, Criminal Investigations at the Internal Revenue Service, and the Washington Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Gordon D. Kromberg and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven P. Ward, on detail from the Tax Division of the Department of Justice, prosecuted the case.
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He's 52 yrs old. Do ya think he has been involved in terrorism longer than his sentence?</p>
1990 : (ALAMOUDI FOUNDS THE AMC) The AMC (American Muslim Council) was founded in 1990 by Abdurahman Alamoudi, a veteran operative for Saudi-backed political-action organizations, including the SAAR Foundation, which was raided by federal agents for alleged terrorist financing. According to national-security specialists, the AMC has a long and consistent history in the United States of promoting terrorist causes or linked groups many of which are unrelated to Islam or to the Arab-Israeli conflict. An early president of the executive board of the AMC was Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, formerly known as H. Rap Brown, who was twice on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list. As a 1960s radical, Brown threatened to assassinate Lady Bird Johnson when she was first lady of the United States. He now is serving a life sentence in a Georgia prison for the 2000 murder of Fulton County Sheriff's Deputy Ricky Kinchen. -"Undermining war on terror : Muslim groups weakening fed laws under guise of protecting civil liberties," World Net Daily, March 10, 2003
1993 : (ALAMOUDI : AMC & AMAFVAC USED TO ESTABLISH INDOCTRINATION PROGRAM TO CREATE NETWORK OF MILITANT MUSLIMS WITHIN THE USA) In 1993, through his American Muslim Council (AMC), he [Alamoudi] spun off the American Muslim Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Council, one of three Islamic organizations to certify chaplains for the military. That same year, according to a pro-Alamoudi briefing published by aljazeerah.info, "AMC supported the launching of ... the National Islamic Prison Foundation." The purpose, counterterrorism experts [would later] say, was to take over Islamic chaplain programs and install more militant Muslims to indoctrinate inmates inside the U.S. prison system and network them after their release back into society. - "Alamoudi and Those Bags of Libyan Cash," by J. Michael Waller, Insight, 10-13-2003
1994 - 1996 : (HAMAS SUICIDE BOMBING CAMPAIGN KILLS 130 PEOPLE, INJURES MANY MORE) [Hamas], the Palestinian terrorist group whose 1994-1996 suicide-bombing campaign killed 130 people and wounded some 600 others. - "Hillary Accepts Contributions from Boston Area Muslim Terrorist Supporters," by Deroy Murdock, , a columnist with the Scripps Howard News Service, NRO , National Review Online, 10/31/00 , http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/529571/posts
APRIL 1994 : (AMC & SUDANESE LIBERATION FRONT) In its April 1994 newsletter, AMC defended the ruling Sudanese National Islamic Front, which the State Department designated as a terrorist group, arguing that the Khartoum regime was "not engaged in terrorist activities and is not harboring terrorists." -"Undermining war on terror : Muslim groups weakening fed laws under guise of protecting civil liberties," World Net Daily, March 10, 2003-"Undermining war on terror : Muslim groups weakening fed laws under guise of protecting civil liberties," World Net Daily, March 10, 2003
NOVEMBER 22, 1994 : (ALAMOUDI OF AMC AT THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB SUPPORTS HAMAS) AMC on Hamas: "Hamas is not a terrorist group. ... I have followed the good work of Hamas. ... They have a wing that is a violent wing. They had to resort to some kind of violence" (Alamoudi, National Press Club, Nov. 22, 1994). -freeper TLBSHOW
1990s : (TUNNEL PLOTS) [Abdul Rahman] Al-Amoudi's name surfaced almost a decade ago [in the 1990s] when federal agents grabbed the blind sheik [Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman] and several other suspects as they were literally mixing a "witches brew" of explosives in Queens to detonate bridges, tunnels and landmarks in the Big Apple, a knowledgeable source said.
Among those arrested was Abdel al-Rahman Haggag, the sheik's speechwriter, who turned government informant. Abdel al-Rahman Haggag said he believed Osama bin Laden routinely funneled $5,000 payments to Rahman through Amoudi and his organization, the American Muslim Council. Bin Laden's funds were allegedly used to pay Rahman's rent and phone bills in New Jersey and Brooklyn, a source said. Investigators tried to prove Amoudi was a terror middleman but could not find "smoking gun" evidence. That allowed Amoudi to became a politically connected Muslim activist and co-founder of the American Muslim Armed Forces and Veteran Affairs Council, which helps the U.S. military select Muslim chaplains. - "EXCLUSIVE-SMUGGLER LINKED TO BIN LADEN," by MURRAY WEISS, New York Post, 10/01/03
OCTOBER 1995 : (AMC OPPOSES 1996 ANTI-TERRORISM & EFFECTIVE DEATH PENALTY ACT) The AMC opposed the 1996 Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, according to its October 1995 newsletter. -"Undermining war on terror : Muslim groups weakening fed laws under guise of protecting civil liberties," World Net Daily, March 10, 2003
1995 : (ABDUL RAHMAN ALAMOUDI IS APPOINTED 'GOOD WILL AMBASSADOR' TO THE MIDDLE EAST; CLINTON IS APPARENTLY UNCONCERNED THAT ONCE OVERSEAS, HE BADMOUTHS THE USA) The close relationship between the Clintons and al-Amoudi was traced back to 1995, when al-Amoudi was appointed a "Good Will Ambassador" to the Middle East. Once overseas, al-Amoudi was quoted as being thankful he could now speak freely, and he engaged in violent anti-American and anti-Israel rhetoric. Despite this, the Clinton administration gave him high marks. - "Clinton Era "Good Will Ambassador" Arrested," multi-sourced, 9/29/03 , vanity VIA FREEREPUBLIC
1996 : (WALL STREET JOURNAL IDENTIFIES ABDUL RAHMAN AL AMOUDI AS A MEMBER OF HAMAS, AND SAID HE HAD COLLECTED MONEY FOR ONE OF THE ACCUSED 1993 WTC BOMBERS) Al-Amoudi was identified in a 1996 Wall Street Journal article as a member of Hamas, and that had collected funds for the defense of one of the accused World Trade Center bombers. Al-Amoudi was identified in a 1996 Wall Street Journal article as a member of Hamas, and that had collected funds for the defense of one of the accused World Trade Center bombers. - "Clinton Era "Good Will Ambassador" Arrested," multi-sourced, 9/29/03 , vanity VIA FREEREPUBLIC
1996 : (ABDUL RAHMAN AL-AMOUDI : QUOTE ABOUT HAMAS) As far as Im concerned, Hamas is not a terrorist group, Alamoudi said. It is a coalition of people who mostly do humanitarian work... - Washington Report 1996
MARCH 26, 1996 : (ALAMOUDI OF AMC DEFENDS TERRRORIST MARZOOK OF HAMAS, WHO IS IN SYRIA) AMC on Abu Marzook, deported from the United States and now Hamas leader in Syria: "Yes, I am honored to be a member of the committee that is defending Musa Abu Marzook in America. This a mark of distinction on my chest. ... I have known Musa Abu Marzook before and I really consider him to be from among the best people in the Islamic movement, Hamas -- in the Palestinian movement in general -- and I work together with him" (Alamoudi, Middle East TV, March 26, 1996). -freeper TLBSHOW
DECEMBER 28, 1996 : (ILLINOIS : ABDUL RAHMAN AL-AMOUDI SPEECH AT THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE ISLAMIC ASSOCIATION FOR PALESTINE IN CHICAGO EXPLAINS PLANS TO "CHANGE AMERICA") if we are outside this country we can say O Allah, destroy America, but once we are here, our mission in this country is to change it There is no way for Muslims to be violent in America, no way. We have other means to do it. You can be violent anywhere else but in America. - Alamoudi, in an audiotape of the conference obtained by author Steven Emerson
DECEMBER 29, 1996 : (ALAMOUDI OF AMC TO THE ISLAMIC ASSOC OF PALESTINE aka AIP - ON THE WORK OF MUSLIM RADICALS IN THE US) AMC on the United States: "I think if we were outside this country, we can say, 'Oh, Allah, destroy America,' but once we are here, our mission in this country is to change it. There is no way for Muslims to be violent in America, no way. We have other means to do it. You can be violent anywhere else but in America" (Alamoudi to Islamic Association of Palestine, Chicago, Dec. 29, 1996). -freeper TLBSHOW
1997 : (AMC CONFERENCE HOSTS LAYTH SHUBAYALAT) At its 1997 conference, the AMC played host to Layth Shubayalat, alleged to be a terrorist tied to a plot to assassinate King Hussein of Jordan, and defended the outlawed Jordanian Islamic Action Front. -"Undermining war on terror : Muslim groups weakening fed laws under guise of protecting civil liberties," World Net Daily, March 10, 2003
AUGUST 1997 : (ABDUL RAHMAN AL-AMOUDI DESCRIBES HAMAS AS A 'FREEDOM FIGHTING ORGANIZATION') Shortly after one of its bombs exploded in Jerusalem in August 1997, Alamoudi told Fox News about Hamas: "I think it's a freedom-fighting organization." - "Hillary Accepts Contributions from Boston Area Muslim Terrorist Supporters," by Deroy Murdock, , a columnist with the Scripps Howard News Service, NRO , National Review Online, 10/31/00 , http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/529571/posts
NOVEMBER 1997 : (AMERICAN SPECTATOR REPORT : DNC FUNDRAISER EDWARD M GABRIEL IS NOMINATED TO BECOME US AMBASSADOR TO MOROCCO) " . The story of a suspended ambassadorial nomination. ......Clinton-Gore hubris knows no bounds. In the thick of the campaign finance hearings on Capitol Hill, the White House has nominated a controversial DNC fundraiser, Edward M. Gabriel, to become United States Ambassador to Morocco, a key country to the Middle East peace process. Gabriel's name was formally submitted to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on September 8, before the FBI had completed its background investigation into Gabriel's finances, business connections, or personal life. ... A scant ten days later, as we reported on The American Spectator's web site on September 18, the White House was forced to turn over Gabriel's file to the Justice Department for further investigation of allegations tying him to murky Arab campaign donations to the DNC and the Clinton-Gore re-election campaign. .-- by Kenneth R. Timmerman, American Spectator 11/97via ALAMO-GIRL'S DOWNSIDE LEGACY AT TWO DEGREES OF PRESIDENT CLINTON ; SECTION: BREACH OF TRUST; SUBSECTION: TERROR; Revised 1/8/01
NOVEMBER 1997 : (AMERICAN SPECTATOR REPORT ) "
. A few hours before Lebanese financier Roger Tamraz was to testify before the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, committee staffers received a mysterious call from someone claiming to be Tamraz who alleged that Tamraz had been solicited by Gabriel to donate $50,000 to the DNC through the Arab American Institute, a Washington-based non-profit group.
Two things are certain about this curious case: Ed Gabriel has powerful enemies, and he made them by hitching his wagon to two highly controversial Arab-American lobbyists in Washington: James Zogby and Abdulrahman Alamoudi. In the "bad old days" when the State Department and Congress still considered the PLO a terrorist organization, both men were staunch backers of Yasir Arafat. More recently, Zogby has called on Arab states to reinvigorate the secondary boycott against Israel, which aims to deter U.S. companies by threatening to ban them from contracts in the Arab world if they do business with Israel. .."-- by Kenneth R. Timmerman, American Spectator 11/97via ALAMO-GIRL'S DOWNSIDE LEGACY AT TWO DEGREES OF PRESIDENT CLINTON ; SECTION: BREACH OF TRUST; SUBSECTION: TERROR; Revised 1/8/01
NOVEMBER 1997 : (AMERICAN SPECTATOR REPORT ) " .Meanwhile, Alamoudi, who heads the American Muslim Council that was invited to the White House by Hillary Rodham Clinton during the Muslim Eid holidays, has been raising funds for "charitable" organizations whose branches in Gaza and the West Bank were closed down in late September  by none other than Arafat. The PLO chairman accused them of supporting the military wing of Hamas, the radical Islamic group that has claimed responsibility for recent suicide bombings in Israel. Zogby, [Edward M.] Gabriel, and Alamoudi sat together on the steering committee of Arab Americans for Clinton/Gore '96 and frequently appear at functions organized by Zogby's Arab American Institute. .-- by Kenneth R. Timmerman, American Spectator 11/97via ALAMO-GIRL'S DOWNSIDE LEGACY AT TWO DEGREES OF PRESIDENT CLINTON ; SECTION: BREACH OF TRUST; SUBSECTION: TERROR; Revised 1/8/01
AUGUST 19, 1999 : (LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS : ALAMOUDI) ALLTEL and Riyad Bank, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, have reached an agreement for ALLTEL to provide application software support services to Riyad Bank. The seven-year contract is valued in excess of $49 million. ALLTEL Information Services will provide core banking software support and development services under the agreement. ALLTEL will also train Riyad Bank staff members to support world-class banking systems totally within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
"We are very pleased to be entering into this long-term agreement with ALLTEL Information Services," said Abdul Rahman Al-Amoudi, senior executive vice president of Riyad Bank. "We chose ALLTEL because of its experience in supporting banking software and the knowledge of the financial industry. We believe that with that expertise ALLTEL Information Services can add value to our business. "By bringing global banking expertise to Riyad Bank, our staff will become better able to support our goal of providing world-class products and services to our customers," he said. - "Riyad Bank Selects ALLTEL Information Services for Major Software Support Services Initiative," Release date: August 19, 1999, see http://www.alltel.com/news/news_releases/99/aug/n411aug1999.html
Another press release:
Hey, he was just spreading the luv, Muhammad style.
In losing Sunshine, the Hunts lost the great silver mine they had lusted for. But their most sensational silver play was only beginning. In the summer of 1979, just after the dust settled from the shootout over Sunshine Mining, Bunker and Herbert completed negotiations for their silver-buying partnership with the Saudis. On July first, the partners incorporated a Bermuda-based trading company called International Metals Investment Company, Ltd. The firms registration listed four principals: Nelson Bunker Hunt, William Herbert Hunt, Sheik Mohammed Aboud Al-Amoudi and Sheik Ali Bin Mussalem. International Metals purpose was to invest in gold, platinum and, most of all, silver.
The participation of the two sheiks apparently resulted from Bunkers Connally connection. Like their mutual friend Mahfouz, both Al-Amoudi and Mussalem were nouveau riche Arabs from Jidda. Both men had made their money in real estate when the late King Faisal parceled out some of the land in the kingdom to allow sheiks outside the royal family to share in Saudi Arabias prosperity. Sources familiar with the two sheiks indicate that Al-Amoudi was worth about $300,000,000, while Mussalem was worth about $100,000,000. Although such wealth made them rich men by most standards, it hardly put them in a league with the Hunts. Whats more, by investing in silver, Al-Amoudi and Mussalem were defying conventional Saudi business wisdom, which held that investing in precious metals put petrodollars back in the hands of the West.
The equalizer, according to several accounts, was the sheiks connection to the Saudi royal family. Known by conservative Arab financial men as high fliers, the two sheiks were not among the kings top advisors. However, both Al-Amoudi and Mussalem did know fellow Jidda resident Prince Faisal ben Abdallah al Saoud. Prince Faisal happened to be the son of Prince Abdallah, the commander of the Saudi National Guard and a member of the kingdoms ruling triumvirate. Like Bunker Hunt, Abdallah was a lover of fine horses and a billionaire many times over. He could definitely afford to play in the same game with the Hunts. But, like other highly placed Saudis, Abdallah did not like having his name openly connected with business ventures, especially controversial ones. Although neither Abdallahs nor Faisals name at any time appeared on the registry of International Metals, several sources have suggested that they were the real money behind Al-Amoudi and Mussalem.
Didn't know that! Meanwhile Brown's old associate Stokely Carmichael was operating out of Guinea with the support of the Communist movement there until he died there in 1998--hmmm. . .
I wonder if any progress has been made (or could be made now that more is known) on confirming this allegation.
* Joseph Wilson IV : Rock Creek Corporation, an investment company controlled by Al Amoudi and chaired since 1997 by a Lebanese businessman very connected into the power circles of Washington, Elias Aburdene. Former adviser of the Franklin Bank National in Washington DC, Aburdene at the start of his accession to the head (position) of Rock Creek Corporation hired the ex - adviser to Bill Clinton for African affairs, Joseph Wilson IV. The latter had already met Mohamed Al Amoudi in 1997 at the time of a reception organized for the World Bank by Westar Group (LAW n.794). --- via Shermy
Several companies controlled by the Saudi-Ethiopic billionaire Mohamed Hussein Al Amoudi helped with the organisation of the voyage: Westar Group, which manages the interests dof Al Amoudi in Washington and which is chaired by Derige Mekonen after being directed a long time by the banker Jeff Wilson; Sheraton of Addis-Abeba whose council of administration includes the ex - American ambassador in Ethiopia Irvin Hicks and group MIDROC Ethiopia; but also the Rock Creek Corporation, an investment company controlled by Al Amoudi and chaired since 1997 by a Lebanese businessman very connected into the power circles of Washington, Elias Aburdene. Former adviser of the Franklin Bank National in Washington DC, Aburdene at the start of his accession to the head (position) of Rock Creek Corporation hired the ex - adviser to Bill Clinton for African affairs, Joseph Wilson IV. The latter had already met Mohamed Al Amoudi in 1997 at the time of a reception organized for the World Bank by Westar Group (LAW n.794). In addition to his responsibilities with the Rock Creek Corporation, Elias Aburdene is the executive chairman very influential National Association of Arab Americans. Alumnus of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, he is also very active in the old networks of the university, where teaches the ex-under-secretary of State for African Affairs Chester A. Crocker and the American mediator between Ethiopia and Eritrea, former National Security Advisor of Bill Clinton Anthony Lake. 100 posted on 06/26/2004 6:42:46 PM PDT by Shermy
2003 late : (FBI SAYS ALAMOUDI'S AMF FUNDED AHMED BILAL & LUMUMBA FORD) The FBI submitted evidence showing that Alamoudi's American Muslim Foundation (AMF), a charitable offshoot of the AMC, funded two suspected terrorists in Oregon who were arrested a year ago. Ahmed Bilal and Patrice Lumumba Ford received payments from the AMF's Portland, Ore., branch as they conspired to aid the Taliban regime in Afghanistan that at the time provided safe haven to Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda organization. Bilal recently pleaded guilty to conspiracy to aid the Taliban, and Ford faces charges of materially aiding al-Qaeda and conspiracy to wage war against the United States. - "Alamoudi and Those Bags of Libyan Cash," by J. Michael Waller, Insight, 10-13-2003
I have not been able to pin down their exact relationship--anyone who could help with this would be doing me a big favor--but I've seen pictures of both of them and they look like brothers, and they both have ties to Ethiopia as well as Saudi Arabia. I've got a massive file on their business dealings which I'm still sifting through. I'll let you know what I come up with.
Interesting. Carmichael's contacts in Guinea were set up by Shirley Graham DuBois, the widow of W.E.B. DuBois, who seems to have been a central link between the Pan-Africanism movement, Cuba, the CPUSA, and the NOI/BPP.
$inator HildeBea$t will be upset that one of her former donors will be in jail.
A lot of the Clintoon top donors are in jail and heading for jail.
In the text five brothers are listed, all with name "Aboud" as part of their full names and four with the name "Mohamed". In the accompanying chart below "Mohammad Abdoud Alamoudi" is listed and described as linked to "Al Rajhi Banking and Investment Corp." in Riyadh. As you'll notice the spelling of names is phonetic and not very fixed, which is part of the problem I've been having in researching this.
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