Cleric Mohammed Ali Hasan Al-Moayad Deported: Hamas Fundraising
Mohammed Ali Hasan Al-Moayad, a Yemeni cleric, was sentenced to deportation from the US after pleading guilty to fundraising for the guerilla or terrorist organization Hamas, Friday, August 7, 2009.
Al-Moayad, 60, was convicted of supporting terrorism in 2005 and had received a sentence of 75 years.
A Brooklyn jury had convicted the 60-year-old of supporting terrorism in 2005, for which he received a 75-year prison term. The U.S. government touted the verdict as a major victory in its war against terrorism.
However, an appeals court in 2008 turned over the conviction on grounds that evidence at the trial had been "inflammatory testimony" and was not admissible.
To save government time and expense, prosecutors decided to strike a plea deal with Al-Moayad instead of having another trial. They also cited Al-Moayad having "severe health problems" as a reason.
The cleric will now serve at least six years in prison and then be deported home to Yemen.