San Jose Man Indicted on Terror Charges
Posted: August 15, 2007
A California man accused of providing support to Al Qaeda linked terrorists in the Philippines has been indicted in a San Jose federal court on terror-related charges.
Rahmat Abdhir, a 43-year-old U.S. citizen, was arrested on August 3, 2007, in Sunnyvale, California, and charged with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, providing material to terrorists and making false statements, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. He was also charged with contributing goods and services to a Specially Designated Global Terrorist – his brother Zulkifli Abdhir, 41, who was designated in 2003.
Zulkifli, a Malaysian citizen believed to be at large in the Philippines, was also indicted and faces charges of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and providing material support to terrorists. A $5 million reward for information leading to his arrest or conviction is being offered by U.S.
Rahmat allegedly used fake names and addresses to send Zulkifli e-mails written in code helping him avoid capture, about $10,000 for guns, packages filled with various equipment and food and news stories of his activity, according to the 16-count indictment. Federal agents say they also found ammunition, sniper scopes, military training manuals and other equipment in Rahmat's home and storage space.
Zulkifli, a U.S. trained engineer, allegedly is part of the central command of Jemaah Islamiyah, an Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group in Southeast Asia that seeks to overthrow regional governments and replace them with a totalitarian Islamic state. Federal prosecutors also contend that he has provided bomb-making equipment for the Abu Sayyaf Group, another Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group operating in the Philippines.
A third Abdhir brother, Taufik bin Abdul Halim, is currently jailed in Indonesia for a 2001 bombing in Jakarta.
Rahmat faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted on all counts. Zulkifli faces a maximum of 30 years.