Somali Terror Suspect Pleads Guilty in Ohio
Update: Nuradin Abdi was sentenced to ten years in prison on November 27, 2007.
Posted: August 10, 2007
A Somali national accused of planning to attack an Ohio shopping mall in 2002, has agreed to plead guilty in a federal court in Columbus in exchange for a 10-year prison sentence.
Nuradin Abdi, 35, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists on July 31, 2007. Abdi admitted in court to providing stolen credit card numbers to a man accused of buying equipment for Al Qaeda and to traveling to Kenya and Somalia in hopes of attending terrorist training camps. Prosecutors said that he lied on immigration documents about this visit.
Three other charges brought against Abdi were dropped in exchange for the guilty plea.
Abdi was initially arrested on immigration charges in November 2003 and accused of plotting to attack a shopping mall during Thanksgiving. Abdi has since admitted that he made a statement under oath indicating that he had discussions about the plot at a coffee shop with two co-conspirators, Iyman Faris and Christopher Paul, according to court documents.
Paul, a U.S. citizen born in Columbus, was indicted in April for providing material support to terrorists, conspiracy to provide support to terrorists and conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction. Paul is the man Abdi allegedly provided credit card information to, according to prosecutors.
Faris was sentenced to 20 years in prison in October 2003 in Alexandria, Virginia, for providing material support and resources to Al Qaeda.
Under the plea deal, Abdi will be deported after serving his sentence.