He was an illegal immigrant, otherwise he’d be back in Ohio. via Ohio mall terrorism defendant deported to Somalia – SFGate.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Somali immigrant who federal prosecutors say plotted to attack an Ohio shopping mall has been deported to Somalia.
Nuradin Abdi completed his prison sentence in August and was in federal custody in Louisiana while final preparations were made to return him to Somalia.
Nuradin Mahamoud Abdi, a Somali immigrant convicted of terrorism charges in Columbus, Ohio in 2007 in a plot to bomb an unspecified area shopping mall.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Monday confirmed the deportation.
Abdi’s sister, Kaltun Karani, says the family is happy that Abdi is a free man.
The Justice Department accused Abdi of suggesting a plan to shoot up an unidentified Columbus shopping mall during an August 2002 meeting at a coffee shop with two friends, both of whom were later convicted of terrorism charges.
Early reports indicated the threat might also have included bombing a mall.
Background from Wikipedia:
Nuradin Abdi entered the United States Illegally in 1999 from Somalia. He lived in a predominantly Muslim neighborhood on the north side of Columbus. According to one report, Abdi flew to Ethiopia to train in a military-style training camp in January 2000. There he allegedly was trained in the use of guns, guerrilla warfare, and bombs. He returned two months later. Abdi met with Christopher Paul and Iyman Faris at a coffee shop in Upper Arlington on August 6, 2002.
From Militant Islam Monitor:
After insisting for years he had done nothing wrong, Abdi pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to provide material support for terrorists. As part of his plea deal, he will be deported to Somalia after serving his 10-year term.
Abdi and two friends “could attack the mall with a bomb,” Abdi told his friends Aug. 8, 2002, as they sipped refreshments at the coffee shop, according to court documents filed in U.S. District Court.
One of the men with Abdi that day was Iyman Faris, who pleaded guilty in May 2003 to providing material support for terrorism. A Pakistani immigrant, Faris was convicted of plotting with al-Qaida to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
A second man, Christopher Paul, a U.S. citizen who grew up in suburban Columbus, was charged in April with plotting to bomb European tourist resorts frequented by Americans as well as overseas U.S. military bases. Paul’s trial is scheduled for January 2009.
Abdi was arrested on Nov. 28, 2003, as he left his house for morning prayer.
Anyone want to wager we hear this name again in the future?