Abdurahman Alamoudi Indicted
Abdurahman Alamoudi was indicted today on eighteen counts, including prohibited financial transactions with the Libyan government, money laundering, false statements, misuse of his passport, and unlawfully procuring naturalization.
Alamoudi was arrested on September 28 for dealing in financial activities with Libya, designated a state sponsor of terrorism by the United States.
Though no charges of material support to terrorism were brought against Alamoudi, a recent appeal filed yesterday by the government in support of Alamoudi?s detention alleged,
?Through his control of entities known as the Success Foundation, the Happy Hearts Trust, and Taibah International Aid Association, Alamoudi has provided material financial support to fronts for Al-Qaeda, including Global Relief Foundation (itself a designated terrorist organization) and the Foundation for Human Rights & Humanitarian Relief (commonly referred to as ?I.H.H.?), which supported the cell responsible for the Millenium [sic] Bombing plot.?
The SITE Institute compiled a fact sheet on Alamoudi upon his arrest in late September. It is reproduced below.
Abdurahman Alamoudi has maintained a strong presence in the media for over a decade and has created, or been involved in, numerous organizations designed to promote Muslim issues within the United States. Ancestrally from Ethiopia, Abdurahman Alamoudi received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Cairo University and also holds a Master?s in Business Administration from Southeastern University in Washington, D.C.
Voiced Open Support for Terrorist Groups
As documented in her autobiography, Terrorist Hunter, Rita Katz, the Director of the SITE Institute, while working undercover, taped Alamoudi voicing his open support for the terrorist organizations Hamas and Hezbollah in Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House, on October 28, 2000. Alamoudi stated before an excited, cheering crowd and exclaimed:
?I have been labeled by the media in New York to be a supporter of Hamas...Anybody support Hamas here? Hear that, Bill Clinton? We are all supporters of Hamas. I wish they added that I am also a supporter of Hezballah...Does anybody support Hezballah here? I want you to send a message. It's an occupation, stupid...Hamas is fighting an occupation. It's a legal fight.?
As a result of Alamoudi?s open support for designated terrorist groups, then candidates George W. Bush and Hilary Clinton returned donations given to them by Alamoudi and the American Muslim Council.
In January 2001, Alamoudi attended and was photographed in Beirut at a terrorist summit attended by representatives of the terrorist groups Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hezballah, and al-Qaeda.
Alamoudi Affiliated with Designated Terrorist Musa Abu Marzooq
According to corporate records, as of 2000, Alamoudi served as the Secretary of the United Association for Studies and Research (UASR). Mousa Abu Marzooq, who is currently the political director of the terrorist group Hamas, served on the board of UASR. Alamoudi also organized the legal fund campaign for the now designated Mousa Abu Marzooq.
Alamoudi is an Official with Suspected Terrorist Front Group Raided by U.S. Authorities
The Saudi governmental charity, the International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO), has been alleged by several governments, including the U.S., the U.K., and Canada, to funnel money and provide relief to terrorists. In the United States, IIRO and as its sister organization, the Success Foundation, had their offices raided in March 2002 as part of the ?SAAR Network.? Alamoudi served as the Secretary of the Success Foundation. According to the search warrant authorizing the raids, officials were looking for, among other items, ?Any and all information referencing in any way PIJ [Palestinian Islamic Jihad], Hamas, Al-Qaida…Usama Bin Laden, and any other individual or entity designated as a terrorist by the President of the United States, the United States Treasury, or the Secretary of State.? No charges have yet been filed in relation to that raid.
Alamoudi Founded and is Involved in Several Prominent Muslim Organizations in the United States
In 1990, Alamoudi established the American Muslim Council (AMC), a non-profit political organization that aims to mobilize Muslims in the United States politically. Another non-profit organization, the American Muslim Foundation (AMF), was founded by Alamoudi the same year and is a sister organization of the AMC, according to tax filings for the organizations. AMF provides social and humanitarian relief to Muslims living in the United States. Because AMF shared office space with the Success Foundation, AMF?s office was also raided in the March 2002 raid of the ?SAAR Network,? though no charges have been filed against it.
Alamoudi is a past employee of the SAAR Foundation, the hub of the raided ?SAAR Network.? According to the search warrant authorizing the raids, officials were looking for, among other items, ?Any and all information referencing in any way PIJ [Palestinian Islamic Jihad], Hamas, Al-Qaida…Usama Bin Laden, and any other individual or entity designated as a terrorist by the President of the United States, the United States Treasury, or the Secretary of State.? No charges have yet been filed in relation to that raid.
Alamoudi is also a founder of the American Muslim Armed Forces and Veteran Affairs Council, one of two organizations approved to nominate military chaplains. Alamoudi claimed that he was the first Muslim certifying agent for the military?s chaplain program in 1991.
Alamoudi served as the regional representative for Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) in the Washington, DC-metropolitan area. ISNA is the other organization approved to nominate military chaplains. Alamoudi also previously served as the Acting President of the Muslim Student?s Association (MSA).
Alamoudi was a founder of the website IslamOnline.net, which serves as an informative website for Muslims containing Islamic analysis, fatwas, and news. Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi serves as the chairman of the website. Al-Qaradawi has issued radical fatwas legitimizing suicide bombings and supporting terrorist attacks.