Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Dana J. Boente, the Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security, William F. Sweeney Jr., the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), and James P. O’Neill, the Commissioner of the Police Department for the City of New York (“NYPD”), announced the filing of a Superseding Indictment charging ADAM RAISHANI, a/k/a “Saddam Mohamed Raishani,” with conspiring to provide, providing and attempting to provide, and aiding and abetting the provision and attempted provision of material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (“ISIS” or the “Islamic State”), a designated foreign terrorist organization, by allegedly facilitating another ISIS supporter’s travel to join ISIS overseas. RAISHANI had already been charged, in an Indictment filed on June 29, 2017, with attempting to provide material support to ISIS, by allegedly attempting to travel abroad to join ISIS himself. RAISHANI was arrested on June 21, 2017, at John F. Kennedy International Airport (“JFK Airport”) in Queens, New York, as he allegedly attempted to travel overseas to join ISIS. The Superseding Indictment adds charges against RAISHANI for allegedly agreeing to facilitate, and facilitating another individual’s travel to join ISIS abroad in the fall of 2015. The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Gregory H. Woods.
nationalsecuritylaw Update on United States v. Raishani (S.D.N.Y. Sep. 2017) (superseding indictment in in IS case)September 8, 2017
In a break from the usual content for the listserv, I’m writing to alert you that a new prize for outstanding national security-related legal scholarship has been established in honor of our departed colleague Prof. Mike Lewis. The deadline for nominating articles is September 30th, and all the details are posted to Lawfare here:
Please spread the word to whomever you think might be interested!
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Charles I. Francis Professor in Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs | The University of Texas School of Law
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nationalsecuritylaw United States v. Ho (E.D. Tenn. Aug. 31, 2017) (2-yr sentence for Atomic Energy Act violation involving China)August 31, 2017
Busy day for DOJ in relation to China:
|Szuhsiung Ho, aka Allen Ho, 66, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Taiwan, was sentenced today to 24 months in prison and one year of superv|
nationalsecuritylaw United States v. Khusanov (N.D.Ill. Aug. 31, 2017) (material support charge involving Islamic State and al Nusrah)August 31, 2017
DOJ’s press release:
|An indictment was unsealed today charging Dilshod Khusanov, 31, a citizen of Uzbekistan, with conspiring and attempting to provide material|
nationalsecuritylaw United States v. Sun (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 31, 2017) (3-yr sentence in IEEPA case involving military-grade carbon fiber and China)August 31, 2017
DOJ press release below:
|Fuyi Sun, aka “Frank,” 53, a citizen of the People’s Republic of China (China), was sentenced today to three years in prison for violating t|
nationalsecuritylaw United States v. Ahmed (E.D.N.Y. Aug. 28, 2017) (US citizen attempted to travel to Syria to join Islamic State – material support case)August 29, 2017
DOJ’s press release appears below. They have fancied-up their formatting a bit, so it looks a bit different than in the past:
|Yesterday, Parveg Ahmed, 22, a U.S. citizen of Queens, New York, was arrested on charges of attempting to provide material support to the Is|
nationalsecuritylaw United States v. Elshinawy (D. Maryland Aug. 15, 2017) (guilty plea in Islamic State material support case)August 16, 2017
Press release below, and indictment attached:
WASHINGTON – Mohamed Elshinawy, 32, of Edgewood, Md., pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization; providing and attempting to provide material support to ISIS terrorism financing; and making false statements in connection with a terrorism matter.
Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Dana J. Boente, Acting U.S. Attorney of the District of Maryland Stephen M. Schenning and Special Agent in Charge Gordon Johnson of the FBI’s Baltimore Office.
According to the plea agreement, Elshinawy conspired with others to knowingly provide material support and resources to ISIS, knowing that ISIS was a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization. From February 2015 through about Dec. 11, 2015, in Maryland and elsewhere, Elshinawy conspired with others to provide material support and resources, including personnel, services (including means and methods of communication), and financial services, to ISIS. Elshinawy and his co-conspirators utilized various methods of secret communication in order to conceal their criminal association and activities from law enforcement.
As a part of the conspiracy, Elshinawy expressed his support for an Islamic caliphate and his belief in the legitimacy of ISIS. In addition, he expressed his hope that ISIS would be victorious and its enemies defeated, and discussed his readiness to travel to live in the Islamic State. In various other conversations, Elshinawy pledged his allegiance to ISIS, described himself as its soldier, committed to making violent jihad, and asked that others convey his message of loyalty to ISIS leadership.
Elshinawy also received payments from a foreign company totaling $8,700 to be used to fund a terrorist attack in the U.S.
In an interview with FBI agents on July 17, 2015, in an effort to conceal and minimize his criminal involvement with ISIS, Elshinawy provided false information regarding the total amount of money he had received from ISIS operatives and claimed his intent was to defraud ISIS of funds. Throughout his interviews, Elshinawy mischaracterized the true nature and extent of his association with ISIS operatives and the support he had provided to ISIS.
The maximum sentence for conspiracy to provide and for providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization is 20 years in prison; the maximum sentence for collection of terrorism financing is 20 years in prison; and the maximum sentence for making false statements in a terrorism matter is eight years in prison. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes. Elshinawy’s sentence will be determined by the court after considering the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. Elshinawy has been detained since his arrest on Dec. 11, 2015, on related charges.
Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Dana J. Boente and Acting U.S. Attorney Stephen M. Schenning commended the FBI for its work in the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christine Manuelian and Kenneth Clark and the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section are prosecuting the case.
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