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Feds Allege N.Y. Terror Money Scheme

U.S. authorities believe a prominent Yemeni politician roamed the city in late 1999 to secretly raise money for terrorist operations, according to testimony in a federal case. The allegations against Sheik Abdullah Satar were made public for the first time this week at the trial of Numan Maflahi, a Yemen-born convenience store owner charged with making false statements about the alleged fund-raising scheme. During a four-day visit in late 1999, Satar was escorted by Maflahi, 31, as he collected donations — purportedly for an orphan charity — at mosques in Brooklyn and Manhattan, FBI agent Brian Murphy testified. The charity, Murphy alleged, was a front for radical Muslim groups. News accounts describe Satar, who has not been charged, as an outspoken opposition party leader in Yemen who has opposed the decision to allow U.S. forces to enter the country to train troops to combat terrorists after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Full Story

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