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U.S. jails Yemeni cleric for financing terrorists

A Yemeni cleric was sentenced Thursday to 75 years in federal prison for conspiracy to support Al Qaeda and Hamas, among other charges. In an angry voice before Judge Sterling Johnson Jr. pronounced the sentence, the cleric, Mohammed Ali Hassan al-Moayad, protested his innocence, reciting a list of good deeds he said he had done in Yemen. “They call me in Yemen the father of needy people,” he said, speaking Arabic that was translated into English for the courtroom in the borough of Brooklyn. Moayad, 56, was convicted by a Federal Court jury in March of financing terrorism. He is a prominent Yemeni who once held a government post in his country. Full Story

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