More well-vetted Muslim immigrants. Source: Terrorism suspect pleads guilty to providing support to al-Qaida, soliciting hit on federal judge | cleveland.com
CLEVELAND, Ohio — An Indian citizen pleaded guilty Monday to raising money and providing support to al-Qaida, as well as for soliciting the killing of the Toledo federal judge presiding over his terrorism case.
Yahya Farooq Mohammad, 39, admitted to charges of conspiracy to provide and conceal material support or resources to terrorists and solicitation to commit a crime of violence.
Prosecutors said Mohammad tried to orchestrate the killing of U.S. District Judge Jack Zouhary from his prison cell following his arrest in a terrorism case.
He has agreed to serve more than 27 years in federal prison and to then be deported, according to a news release from the Justice Department. A sentencing date has not been set.
Mohammad was arrested in 2015 along with his brother, Ibrahim Zubair Mohammad, and brothers Asif Ahmed Salim and Sultane Room Salim.
They are charged with conspiring to gather money and equipment and other support to Anwar al-Awlaki, the late American-born, radical Muslim cleric whose English language videos and blog posts inspired a number of Western recruits to al-Qaida, as well as acts of terrorism, federal prosecutors said.
Prosecutors say Mohammad traveled in July 2009 with two other people to Yemen in an attempt to meet with Awlaki, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in September 2011. He was unable to find Awlaki, so he instead gave $22,000 to one of the cleric’s associates.
Mohammad attended Ohio State University to study engineering between 2002 and 2004. He and his brother, also a citizen of India, married U.S. citizens.
While awaiting trial in that case, he told another inmate at the Lucas County Corrections Center that he wanted Zouhary kidnapped and was willing to pay $15,000 to make it happen. The inmate introduced Mohammad to an undercover FBI agent, the Justice Department’s release says.
The agent told Mohammad that he would need a $1,000 down payment. When the agent asked when Mohammad wanted Zouhary killed, Mohammad said “the sooner would be good, you know,” the release says.
In May, the agent met with Mohammad’s wife, who previously gave the agent $1,000, and said he needed the rest of the money. He showed Mohammad’s wife a picture he said was Zouhary’s dead body, according to court filings.
Mohammad’s co-defendants in the terrorism case have pleaded not guilty.
The case is being supervised by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit to avoid any appearance of impropriety. A Columbus federal judge is also presiding over Mohammad’s cases.
As we noted a year ago, Mohammad’s Wife Was Also Caught Plotting The Judge’s Assassination, however she has not been charged. Why not?
Mohammad allegedly arranged for the money to be paid through his wife in Chicago, according to the indictment. She gave the undercover employee an envelope containing a $1,000 cash down payment in April, according to the indictment.
The undercover employee on May 16 showed the wife a photo of what was purported to be the judge’s dead body and informed her that “the photograph was the matter that he was to conduct for her husband,” the indictment reads.
She allegedly told the undercover agent that she would have to contact her husband and then would contact the undercover employee, according to the indictment. Mohammad’s wife was named only by her initials in the indictment. She has not been charged.