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Friday, January 31, 2014

Somali Immigrant Sentenced For Providing Support To Foreign Terrorists

SAN DIEGO – Ahmed Nasir Taalil Mohamud, a cabdriver from Anaheim, was sentenced today to six years in prison for his part in a San Diego-based conspiracy to provide material support to the terrorist group al-Shabaab.

Nasir is the last of four defendants to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey T. Miller. The others were sentenced in November 2013, including San Diego cabdriver Basaaly Saeed Moalin to 18 years in prison; Mohamed Mohamed Mohamud, the imam at a popular mosque frequented by the city’s immigrant Somali community, to 13 years in prison; and Issa Doreh, who worked at a money transmitting business that was the conduit for moving the illicit funds, to 10 years in prison.

Nasir and his co-conspirators were found guilty during a three-week trial in February. The United States presented evidence that Nasir, Moalin, Mohamud and Doreh conspired to provide money to al-Shabaab, a violent and brutal militia group that engages in suicide bombings, targets civilians for assassination, and uses improvised explosive devices. In February, 2008, the U.S. Department of State formally designated al-Shabaab as a foreign terrorist organization.

During the trial, the government contended that Nasir conspired to collect money from donors in Orange County as part of the conspiracy to support al-Shabaab.

During today’s sentencing hearing, Judge Miller acknowledged that Nasir was the least culpable member of the conspiracy and he noted the defendant’s background as a refugee from war-torn Somalia. Still, the judge said, “These offenses were very serious.”

This case was prosecuted in federal court in San Diego by Assistant U.S. Attorneys William Cole and Caroline Han and Department of Justice Trial Attorney Steven Ward. This case was investigated by the San Diego Joint Terrorism Task Force; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement; and the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection.

DEFENDANTS   Criminal Case No. 10CR4246-JM

Ahmed Nasir Taalil Mohamud Basaaly Saeed Moalin Mohamed Mohamed Mohamud Issa Doreh

   
 
SUMMARY OF CHARGES

Count 1 (all defendants) : Title 18, United States Code, Section 2339A(a)(1) - Conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists; Maximum penalties: 15 years in prison

Count 2 (all defendants): Title 18, United States Code, Section 2339B(a)(1) – Conspiracy to provide material support to foreign terrorist organization; terrorists; Maximum penalties: 15 years in prison

Count 3 (all defendants): Title 18, United States Code, Section 1956(h) – Conspiracy to launder monetary instruments; Maximum penalties: 15 years in prison

Count 4 (Basaaly Moalin) Title 18, United States Code, Section 2339A(a) – Providing material support to terrorists; Maximum penalties: 15 years in prison

Count 5 (defendants Basaaly Moalin, Mohamed Mohamed Mohamud and Issa Doreh) Title 18, United States Code, Section 2339B(a)(1) – Providing material support to foreign terrorist organization; Maximum penalties 15 years in prison

 
INVESTIGATING AGENCIES

San Diego Joint Terrorism Task Force
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Homeland Security Investigations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Homeland Security Investigations, Customs and Border Protection

Updated July 23, 2015