Kamal Nawash falsely denied he was Alamoudi's lawyer after being his friend for a decade
Nawash published paper in 2000 entitled "The US Anti Terrorism Legislation: The Erosion of Civil Rights"
MIM:After Alamoudi's indictment Nawash told the media that 'Alamoudi is a moderate Muslim with no ties to terror' When it became obvious that his political career would be jeopardised, the denied he was Alamoudi's lawyer -(even though his name was filed on the affadavit).
Charges 'Personally Motivated' By Zionists: Amoudi
By Mustafa Abdel-Halim, IOL Staff
WASHINGTON, October 24 (IslamOnline.net & News Agencies) - Few hours after the U.S. Justice Department released an 18-count indictment carrying a maximum penalty of 105 years' imprisonment if convicted, prominent U.S. Muslim political activist dismissed the whole case as "politically and personally motivated".
A prominent U.S. Muslim political activist, who helped the Pentagon set up its Islamic chaplain program, was charged Thursday, October 23 with having had financial dealings with Libya, the Justice Department said.
The indictment was handed down by a federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, said U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Paul J. McNulty
McNultly was quoted by Agence France-Presse (AFP) as saying the charges against Abdel-Rahman al-Amoudi include prohibited financial transactions with Libya, money laundering, misuse of a passport and unlawful procurement of U.S. naturalized citizenship - all had been vehemently denied by the 51-year-old native of Yemen.
"Upon seeing the indictment, he was disappointed and called the case wholly motivated by personal and political agendas," Al-Amoudi's lawyer Maher Hanania told IslamOnline.net by phone Friday, October 24.
Hanania quoted Amoudi as further saying that "the whole case plays into the hands of what he called self-proclaimed pro-Israel Zionist attorney.
"The U.S. Justice Department had placed those attorneys available to go after and insinuate Islamic leaders in the United States," he argued.
The Department had appointed for Amoudi's case Gordon Kromberg, a "self-proclaimed Zionist known for making visits to Israel and supporting its settlement activities in Palestinian territories," according to the lawyer.
Al-Amoudi had earlier provoked the ire a few years ago when he hailed Palestinian group Hamas and Lebanon's Hezbollah, organizations designated by the U.S. as "terrorist groups" for their anti-Israeli attacks.
Although Al-Amoudi had retracted the statements, Kamal Nawash, a lawyer and a 10-year-old friend to him, had said that the support for the two groups was mentioned in the indictment as "background factual information".
'We Will Prevail'
Hanania said the defense team is confident that "Amoudi will prevail in the case, as all charges in the indictment are baseless with no evidence whatsoever".
Asked about the U.S. media's intensive coverage of the case, Hanania suspected foul play.
"It is only an attempt to create an atmosphere conducive to allegations that every single Arab or Muslim leader in the country is terrorist," he charged.
An energetic advocate of Islamic causes, Amoudi founded the American Muslim Council, the American Muslim Foundation as well as the American Muslim Armed Forces
Admitting al-Amoudi's unauthorized visits to Libya and his receiving donations during the London visit, Hanania said the money are only channeled for "charitable activities".
U.S. citizens are banned from any financial dealings with or travel to Libya under sanctions imposed by former president Ronald Reagan in 1986 in response to terrorist bombings in Rome and Vienna, in which the North African nation was accused of playing a role.
"But under the U.S. law it is not illegal to receive money for charities, Amoudi had led several of which. He received the money as donations. Nothing more, nothing less," the lawyer said.
"We can prove that," he added defiantly.
The indictment, which carries a maximum penalty of 105 years' imprisonment on conviction, alleges that "from November 1995 to September 2003, Alamoudi devised a scheme to obtain money from Libya and other sources overseas".
That money, it alleges, was intended "for transmission into the United States without attracting the attention of various federal agencies, including the Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service, Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization.
Amoudi had denied the charge, with his lawyer just commenting: "He is just a humanitarian activist, helping Muslims in the States, and everyone of the community is standing by him".
Al-Amoudi led Armed Forces Veterans Affairs Council, a group that helped create an Islamic chaplain program in the U.S. military.
The chaplain program has come under intense scrutiny since the September 10 arrest on suspicion of espionage of US Army Captain James Yee, a Muslim chaplain allegedly worked with al-Qaeda and Taliban suspects at the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Amoudi had denied any links to the chaplain.
Hanania said the U.S. authorities have recently convicted a Muslim American, Hanania only named as Al-Beheri, whom the U.S. attorney want the judge, under unsubstantiated terrorist claims, to sentence him to 10 years instead of the maximum for the immigration fraud charges.
"This suggests a pattern of a surge targeting Muslims in the country under claims of terrorist links."
Several representatives of Muslim advocacy groups said that Muslim Americans stand up to a new wave of guilt-by-association schemes by federal law-enforcement agencies and a massive surge of hate crimes and bigotry against Muslims and Arabs in the U.S. since the 9-11 attacks.
The defense team had fielded a motion to get Amoudi a bond hearing last week, it was delayed for Wednesday morning.
Federal authorities said last month that Alamoudi was detained on September 28 at Washington's Dulles International Airport upon his return from an extended overseas trip and made a brief appearance in federal court in Alexandria the following day.
The detention triggered a furor in the Muslim community, given Amoudi's role in funding some of the Muslim American groups and serving on their boards.
"This is part of a general case of targeting Muslim activists in the united States using alleged secret evidence," Khaled Toorani of the American Islamic Organization for Al-Aqsa had told IOL shortly after the detention.
MIM: Besides falsely denying he was Alamoudi's lawyer,Nawash outlined his Islamist agenda with the publication a paper which disingenuously linked civil rights issues with anti terrorism measures. "The US Anti Terrorism Legislation: The Erosion of Civil Rights.
MIM: In this article Nawash demonstrates his extraordinary capacity for mendacity by asserting that Alamoudi, who was jailed for 23 years on terrorism related charges "was a liberal Muslims involved in the US military to be part of the politics of America" which can be taken to mean that Muslims who were involved in the US military and believed in Jihad could help to take over America by propagating Islam and recruiting more converts .
Nawash brazenly stated that "Alamoudi has no links to terrorism whatsoever to terrorism", but neglected to mention his friend and client's ties to Al Qaeda which were documented since the 1990's and involvement in numerous terrorist causes worldwide which culminated in his being paid by Libya to orchestrate an assassination plot to kill Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Which begs the question to how much Nawash knew during his decade long friendship with Alamoudi. It should be noted that Nawash's law offices in the 'Wahhabi corridor' were in the same building as the Muslim Student Association, WAMY, and the Muslim World League and in close proximity to Alamoudi's enterprises.
S. Muslim Activist Says Charges ‘Politically Motivated'
By Mustafa Abdel-Halim, IOL Staff
CAIRO, October 1 (IslamOnline.net) – Prominent Muslim American
"I phoned Amoudi after the detention, and he realized that it is a
Nubani challenged the federal authorities to have any evidence
A special agent of the U.S. immigration service told the court, in
Amoudi also denied in another telephone call with another of his
"He told me this is untrue, " said Kamal Nawash told IOL over the
But Nawash declined to comment on the claims, also in the affidavit,
Nawash hoped the trial of his client "would be fair and just," denying
"He is just a liberal Muslim, who wants more Muslims to be involved in
Amoudi is one of the founders of the American Muslim Armed Forces and
But Nawash quoted his client as denying this charge as baseless, and
"He said he has not had any collaboration with James Yee or presented
The chaplain program has come under intense scrutiny since the
No Terror Links
Nawash also said Amoudi vehemently denied connections with terrorist
U.S. Assistant Attorney Steve Ward was quoted by the Washington Post
"Amoudi has no links whatsoever to violence or terrorism. On the
The affidavit cited the Muslim activist's comments at a rally in front
It alleged that the $340,000 Amoudi was carrying when he was detained
Palestinian groups have long insisted that they are struggling to end
Amoudi reportedly sat calmly throughout the Monday hearing,
The detention triggered a furor in the Muslim community, given Amoudi'
"This is part of a general case of targeting Muslim activists in the
Toorani warned that these arrests would draw the United States back to
Nawash, one of Amoudi's lawyers, said he received "hundreds of calls
"It sent shockwaves here," he said, warning that the U.S. strict
Nubani said the detention also does a "very bad service to Washington
Thurs, Nov 26 1998 3:00 am
Public pressure must be put on US government officials to intervene with
> These Americans are being subjected not only to abusive and inhumane