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U.S. Says Saudi Student Arrested for Visa Fraud

A U.S. grand jury indicted a Saudi student at the University of Idaho for visa fraud and failing to disclose his aid to a charitable organization that the grand jury said promotes terrorism. The indictment, returned by the grand jury earlier this month and unsealed on Wednesday, charged Sami Omar Al-Hussayen, a citizen of Saudi Arabia, with fraudulently obtaining student visas by not disclosing his extracurricular activities. Al-Hussayen was arrested before dawn on Wednesday in Moscow, Idaho, and charged with failing to disclose his financial aid to the Michigan-based Islamic Assembly of North America (IANA)–a charitable group which allegedly promotes terrorism reminiscent of the Sept. 11 U.S. hijack attacks. Al-Hussayen also helped construct or manage 14 Web sites, including one IANA site describing suicide attacks such as “bombing or bringing down an airplane on an important location,” the 11-count indictment alleges. Police searched Al-Hussayen’s home, office and his car, but officials declined to say what evidence they hauled away. Full Story

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