Ground Zero mosque developer has a history of run-ins with the law

A few days ago we posted on El Gamal the thug, the developer of the Ground Zero mosque who threatened a Muslim opponent. It turns out el Gamal is another not-so-pious Muslim. via Sharif El-Gamal has a history of run-ins with the law.

Years before his latest real-estate project ignited an uproar, Sharif El-Gamal racked up at least seven run-ins with the law, including a bust for patronizing a prostitute.

“I regret many things that I did in my youth. I have not always led a perfect life,” El-Gamal, 37, said in a statement to the Daily News.

His most recent arrest was for a Sept. 10, 2005, assault on a barber who sublet a Manhattan apartment from El-Gamal’s brother, Sammy.

The brothers and another man went to the apartment that afternoon to retrieve back rent from Mark Vassiliev, criminal and civil court records show.

El-Gamal allegedly cursed at Vassiliev, called him the Arabic curse word “sharmouta” [bitch, whore, son of a bitch, also a gay slur] and punched him in the face, breaking his nose and cheekbones.

When he was arrested, El-Gamal denied he socked Vassiliev, but conceded, “[Vassiliev's] face could have run into my hand,” court papers say.

“I am in real estate. I’m rich. Why would I do this? Why would I jeopardize my career? I’m not a thug,” he told cops.

He was charged with misdemeanor assault and harassment. Charges were dropped in 2007 after Vassiliev sued.

El-Gamal eventually settled the civil case for $15,000 – and the 2008 negotiations provided a glimpse into his finances.

Vassiliev’s lawyer, Erik L. Gray, said there was no indication El-Gamal had assets beyond a $1.1 million upper West Side pad he owned with his wife.

Even after El-Gamal inked the deal, he was slow to pay and the matter ended up in mediation – where his lawyer, Marshall Isaacs, told Gray there were money problems.

“He had told me [El-Gamal] was struggling financially and was having trouble coming up with the payment,” Gray said. “It was based on the fact that he was in real estate and the real estate market was depressed.”

El-Gamal agreed to fork over $1,360 in interest and fees but paid up in installments, Gray said.

If his 2008 cries of poverty were genuine, El-Gamal experienced a dramatic reversal of fortune a year later, scoring a $39 million mortgage to buy a W. 27th St. commercial building.

He had a partner, Egyptian-born businessman Hisham Elzanaty, who co-signed the loan. Elzanaty denied to discuss his dealings with El-Gamal.

In a deposition for the Vassiliev suit, El-Gamal testified he worked as a waiter from 1997 to 2001 when he “moved onto greener pastures.”

In 2002, he became a commercial real estate broker and started his own company, Soho Properties, a year later.

El-Gamal began amassing a property portfolio in 2007, snatching up and managing apartment buildings in Harlem and Washington Heights.

He bought the property where he plans to build a $100 million Islamic cultural center, two blocks from Ground Zero, for nearly $5 million in July 2009.

The son of a bank executive, El-Gamal has said he turned to Islam after 9/11 and that his religious awakening followed a troubled youth.

He pleaded guilty in 1994, 1998 and 1999 to disorderly conduct in Manhattan.

He also pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in 1990, DWI in 1992 and attempted petit larceny in 1993, Nassau County prosecutors said.

Details were unavailable, but a source confirmed a 1994 arrest for patronizing a prostitute.

If anyone has time, another trail to follow is Hisham Elzanaty.

Update: iowntheworld has some potential info on Elzanaty.

Update 2: Atlas found the Islamo-thug el-Gamal almost encouraging Muslims to physical violence via Twitter:

MHA, Memory Hole Alert, see it before it’s gone.


8 Responses

  1. OBAMA,the Leader of the Muslim world has had “run-ins” with the law. He still does.

  2. If the IRS isn’t interested in where and how El Gamal got that money, why not? If he were a normal, everyday American citizen, they’d be after him like white on rice. But since he’s a Muslim, and well….you know, the President is a Muslim………..

    Also, doesn’t the agency which licenses real estate agents in NY have to be sure they can be bonded? Can one be bonded with that kind of background? How did he go from a waiter to a multi-millionnaire in a matter of a couple of years? Inquiring minds want to know even if the IRS doesn’t.

  3. Ask the Muslim brotherhood for their transfer records.
    Especially ask for the Mosque money, if Bloomberg can’t make us pay for it. This is his plan, which will be traded for business favors. He really knows how to make his job pay.

    Shouldn’t some agency be investigating him using his position for personal gain?

    Den

  4. this is such a hot topic that just seems like its not going away anytime soon

  5. [...] NYC office Posted on September 16, 2010 by creeping NY is going to give this delinquent thug a $70 million, tax-exempt, publicly financed loan for a mosque at Ground Zero? Say goodbye to that [...]

  6. [...] from Medicaid fraud (video) to funding Hamas-linked Charities, and the developer has a long history of legal troubles and boasts of being a thug. The imam and his deceptive wife also happen to be slumlords in NJ who [...]

  7. [...] We posted on this last year, Plotting Islam in America on Christmas: MAS-ICNA convention to feat Islamists, terror-linked individuals, and Uighur leader, and this year it appears the Muslim Brotherhood founded MAS and ICNA are getting more bold. Many of the most notorious Islamists in the U.S. are featured, as well as some up and coming Islamists including the bin-Laden linked Khalilah Sabra and Islamo-thug Sharif el Gamal. [...]

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