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U.S. Charges Yemenis with Aiding Al Qaeda, Hamas

Two Yemeni citizens who were arrested in Germany in January have been charged with conspiring to provide material support to al Qaeda and Hamas, Attorney General John Ashcroft said on Tuesday. Ashcroft said Mohammed Al Hasan Al-Moayad and Mohammed Mohsen Yahya Zayed were charged in federal court with providing support to the groups, and al-Moayad — believed to be Osama bin Laden’s “spiritual adviser” — was accused of personally handing al Qaeda $20 million. In testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Ashcroft said an FBI undercover operation developed information that al-Moayad “personally handed Osama bin Laden $20 million from his terrorist fund-raising network.” Ashcroft said the complaint, unsealed in the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, New York, alleges that some of the money was raised from the al Farouq mosque in Brooklyn. “Al Moayad also claims to be Osama bin Laden’s spiritual adviser,” Ashcroft said. He said the information was obtained through an FBI informant. Full Story

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