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AMC 's Alamoudi Arrested

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    U.S. CHARGES ACTIVIST OVER LINKS TO LIBYA Douglas Farah and John Mintz, Washington Post, 9/30/03
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 5, 2003
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      U.S. CHARGES ACTIVIST OVER LINKS TO LIBYA
      Douglas Farah and John Mintz, Washington Post, 9/30/03
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A17824-2003Sep29.html

      One of the country's leading Islamic activists, a chief architect of
      the Pentagon's Muslim chaplain program, was charged yesterday with
      illegally accepting money from Libya for his efforts to persuade the
      United States to lift sanctions against that nation.

      Abdurahman Alamoudi, who as leader of the American Muslim Council met
      frequently with senior Clinton and Bush administration officials, was
      arrested Sunday at Dulles International Airport as he entered the
      United States from Britain, six weeks after he allegedly attempted to
      smuggle hundreds of thousands of dollars into Syria. U.S. officials
      said the final destination of the money is under investigation.

      Authorities said the arrest is an important step in the wide-ranging
      investigation of funding for terrorism in this country, a probe that
      centers on a cluster of foundations and businesses based in Herndon.

      Agents for the Department of Homeland Security alleged that Alamoudi
      received the $ 340,000 from Libyan officials as part of a
      longstanding relationship with that government. In exchange for
      financial assistance for Muslim activist groups he founded in the
      United States, authorities said, Alamoudi was trying to help persuade
      the United States to lift sanctions against that nation.

      Doing business with Libya remains illegal under U.S. law because of
      that nation's role in the 1988 bombing of an airliner over Lockerbie,
      Scotland. The United Nations removed sanctions against Libya earlier
      this month, although the State Department still lists it as a sponsor
      of terrorism.

      Alamoudi, 51, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Eritrea, was a
      senior executive of several of the Herndon charities. They were
      raided in March 2002 by law enforcement agents seeking evidence that
      the network of interlocking organizations was funneling money to
      terrorist groups, according to a search warrant issued at that time.

      Kevin Delli-Colli, director of the Washington field office of the
      Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said Alamoudi's home
      and several of those organizations were searched again by federal
      agents on Sunday, after his arrest.

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