Georgia Imam Sentenced for Aiding Hamas
Posted: March 5, 2007
The former Imam of a mosque in Georgia has been sentenced to more than seven and a half years in prison for providing monetary and logistical support to the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas.
Mohamed Shorbagi, 42, was sentenced on February 27, 2007, in a federal courtroom in Rome, GA. Shorbagi, who pleaded guilty to material support of terrorism last year, provided aid to Hamas through donations he made to the Holy Land Foundation, an Islamic charity shut down by the federal government in 2001. Shorbagi, a onetime Georgia representative for the Holy Land Foundation, attended meetings that were addressed by “high level” Hamas officials, according to authorities.
Shorbagi’s sentence was reduced from 15 years because he agreed to testify for the government in other terrorism-related trials. In November 2006, Shorbagi testified in a Chicago case against Mohammed Salah, a man identified by authorities at the time as a suspected Hamas operative. Salah was later acquitted of charges of aiding Hamas.
Shorbagi has also been ordered to serve three years of supervised release and to pay $610,454 in restitution to his former employer, which he allegedly defrauded.