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Tuesday, November 04, 2003

Terrorist in VIRGINIA linked to money laundering, transfer

Story from the Washington Times
According to law enforcement officials and court records, Abdul Rahman al-Amoudi, 51, founder of the American Muslim Council and the American Muslim Foundation, was involved in or knew about the transfer of hundreds of thousands of dollars to companies and organizations tied to international terrorists, including Hamas and al-Qaeda.

Federal authorities said money was forwarded to terrorist groups from offices in Alexandria that housed a number of companies and foundations in which al-Amoudi is listed as an officer, founder, director, or board member. At least $160,000 went to an organization implicated in al-Qaeda's December 1999 plot to blow up Los Angeles International Airport. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) affidavit noted that al-Amoudi had access to substantial amounts of cash, including $2.2 million in four separate accounts, though he did not report the cash on his federal tax returns.