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Ashcroft announces new terrorism indictments

Ashcroft announces new terrorism indictments. Attorney General John Ashcroft announced Tuesday that two Yemeni nationals have been charged with conspiring to provide material support to al Qaeda and Hamas terrorist groups. The defendants, Mohammed Al Hasan Al-Moayad, 54, of Sanaa, and Mohammed Mohsen Yahya Zayed, 29, were arrested January 10 in Frankfurt, Germany, “based on complaints issued in Brooklyn, New York,” a Justice Department press release said. Al-Moayad — a leading member of Yemen’s Islamic-oriented Reform Party and a Muslim cleric — is suspected of supplying “money, recruits, weapons and communication equipment to al Qaeda, Hamas, and other Islamic extremist groups,” the release said. Zayed is believed to be his assistant. Al-Moayad had boasted that he delivered more than $20 million to bin Laden before the September 11, 2001, attacks, with much of the money coming from contributors in the United States, according to the Justice Department. The U.S. government has asked for the extradition of the defendants from Germany as soon as possible, according to the release. Ashcroft first revealed the unsealed indictment during his testimony Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Full Story

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