Yemeni cleric gets 75 years for aiding al-Qaeda

29th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

29 July 2005, WASHINGTON - A Yemeni cleric convicted of aiding the al- Qaeda terrorist network and Palestinian militants was sentenced Thursday to 75 years in prison.

29 July 2005

WASHINGTON - A Yemeni cleric convicted of aiding the al- Qaeda terrorist network and Palestinian militants was sentenced Thursday to 75 years in prison.

A federal judge in New York gave Sheikh Mohammed Ali Hassan al- Moayad the maximum sentence, reports said.

Al-Moayad was arrested in Germany in 2003 and extradited to the United States after he got caught in a U.S. sting operation.

During a secretly-taped conversation with two undercover FBI agents in a Frankfurt hotel room, al-Moayad said he would give the Hamas group USD 2 million, prosecutors said. They also alleged that the Islamic cleric had given USD 20 million to al-Qaeda.

A Brooklyn jury found al-Moayad and his assistant, Mohammed Mohsen Yahya Zayed, guilty in March of supporting Palestinian suicide bombers in Israel and providing materials and resources to the al- Qaeda terrorist network from 1997 to 2002.

Zayed's sentencing is to occur in the coming weeks, when he faces up to 30 years in prison. Al-Moayad's sentence exceeded the 60 years he was expected to get.

The government won its case despite losing a chief witness. In November, informant Mohamed Alanssi set himself on fire in front of the White House.

Alanssi said he was upset with U.S. authorities' failure to pay him as promised and to reunite him with his family in Yemen. Although he survived, the government did not call him as a witness.

DPA

Subject: German news

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