Tuesday, August 13, 2013
A Kenyan is being held in a US jail after being accused of financing Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organisations.
Mr Mohamed Hussein Said, 25, who according to
court documents is listed as a resident of Mombasa and Nairobi, is being
held at a South Florida detention centre.
He is accused of conspiring with a resident of
Saudi Arabia who is also a US citizen, Gufran Mohammed, 30, to provide,
and attempting to provide, material support to three terrorist
On Thursday, the US Attorney’s Office in Miami announced a 15-count indictment, charging both men with the offences.
If both are convicted, they could each face up to 15 years in prison for each count or a total of 225 years.
According to the indictment, Mr Gufran and Mr Said
conspired to provide money and recruits to Al-Qaeda, AQI/al-Nusrah
Front in Syria and Al-Shabaab in Somalia.
The prosecutors say Mr Gufran wired funds to the Kenyan to support Al-Shabaab.
Mr Said is also accused of wiring money to another
individual believed to be a fund-raiser and recruiter for Al-Qaeda. The
two men were arrested overseas and brought to Florida by FBI agents.