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Criminal Proceedings: A Timeline of U.S. Terror Cases RULE Criminal Proceedings in 2008

Posted: March 9, 2010


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Criminal Proceedings in 2010
Criminal Proceedings in 2009
Criminal Proceedings in 2008
Criminal Proceedings in 2007
Criminal Proceedings in 2006
Criminal Proceedings in 2005
Criminal Proceedings in 2004 and 2002

The following is a list of American Muslim extremists charged, convicted or sentenced in 2008 on terrorism-related offenses, ranging from providing material support to foreign terrorist organizations to plotting violent attacks in the U.S. The list also includes other Americans involved in terrorist plots and activities with terrorist organizations whose ideologies are rooted in radical interpretations of Islam. Those who were charged and later acquitted of terror-related offenses are not included in the list.   

                                                          

  • December 30, 2008 – New York – American citizen Saleh Elahwal pleads guilty to distributing broadcasts of Al Manar, Hezbollah's TV station, and to providing material support to Hezbollah.

  • December 23, 2008 – New York – Javed Iqbal, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan, pleads guilty to distributing broadcasts of Al Manar, Hezbollah's TV station, and to providing material support to Hezbollah.

  • December 22, 2008 – New Jersey – Ibrahim Shnewer, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Jordan, Serder Tatar, a U.S. permanent resident from Turkey, and three others from southern New Jersey and Philadelphia are convicted of conspiring to attack the Fort Dix army base in New Jersey.

  • November 24, 2008 – Texas – Shukri Abu Baker, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Brazil and raised in the Palestinian Territories, and three other naturalized U.S. citizens of Palestinian origin – Ghassan Elashi, Mufid Abdulqader and Abdulraham Odeh – are among the five leaders and former fundraisers of the Holy Land Foundation, once considered the largest Muslim charity in the U.S., convicted of funneling money to the Hamas terrorist organization.

  • November 7, 2008 – Massachusetts – Tarek Mehanna, a Massachusetts man with dual American and Egyptian citizenship who has since been arrested for plotting to attack a U.S. shopping mall and American soldiers in Iraq, is charged with making false statements to federal agents during a terrorism investigation.  Mehanna is arrested three days later.

  • November 4, 2008 – Maryland – Saifullah Anjum Ranjha, a U.S. permanent resident from Pakistan, is sentenced to more than nine years in prison for providing money to purported members of Al Qaeda and for laundering money through an informal money transfer system that avoids financial institutions. 

  • September 30, 2008 – Illinois – American citizen Derrick Shareef is sentenced to 35 years in prison for planning to attack a shopping mall by setting off grenades placed in garbage cans.
  • August 26, 2008 – North Carolina – Mohammed Reza Taheri-Azar, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Iran, is sentenced to up to 33 years in prison for driving an SUV into a crowd of students at the University of North Carolina. In a letter written to the police, Taheri-Azar admitted that he wanted to "punish" the U.S. for its "immoral actions around the world" and for killing Muslims overseas.

  • August 22, 2008 – Maryland – Saifullah Anjum Ranjha, a U.S. permanent resident from Pakistan, pleads guilty to providing money to purported members of Al Qaeda and to laundering money through an informal money transfer system that avoids financial institutions. 

  • August 13, 2008 – North Carolina – Mohammed Reza Taheri-Azar, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Iran, pleads guilty to driving an SUV into a crowd of students at the University of North Carolina. In a letter written to the police, Taheri-Azar admitted that he wanted to "punish" the U.S. for its "immoral actions around the world" and for killing Muslims overseas.

  • June 26, 2008 – Virginia – Sami al-Arian, a U.S. permanent resident of Palestinian descent serving a five-year prison sentence for conspiring to provide services to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group, is indicted for refusing to testify in a terrorism financing investigation.   

  • April 15, 2008 – Florida – Additional charges are filed in a superseding indictment against Ahmed Abdellatif Sherif Mohamed, a U.S. permanent resident from Egypt, for possession of an explosive device and providing material support to terrorists. 

  • January 22, 2008 – Florida – Jose Padilla, an American citizen who allegedly planned to set off a radioactive "dirty bomb" in the U.S., is sentenced to 17 years and four months in prison for providing material support to Al Qaeda, attending an Al Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan and plotting attacks overseas.  Hi co-defendant, Kifah Wael Jayyousi, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Jordan, is sentenced to 12 years and eight months in prison for conspiring to raise money and recruit terrorists to fight in Bosnia, Kosovo, Chechnya, Somalia and Afghanistan in the 1990s.

  • January 15, 2008 – New Jersey – A superseding indictment charges Ibrahim Shnewer, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Jordan, Serder Tatar, a U.S. permanent resident from Turkey, and three others from southern New Jersey and Philadelphia with conspiring to attack the Fort Dix army base in New Jersey




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