By continuing your visit to this site, you accept the use of cookies. These ensure the smooth running of our services. Learn more.

30 December 2011

Alleged wannabe jihadist from Staten Island chatty for interrogators, report says

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A former Staten Islander who authorities say took a trip to Pakistan in an attempt to join the Taliban spilled his guts for interrogators, ratted out dozens of New Yorkers he felt were pro-jihadists, according to a published report.

Abdel Hameed Shehada, 22, formerly of Annadale and Prince's Bay, apparently had a lot to say when he was questioned after his arrest by the FBI-NYPD Joint Terrorist Task Force, the Daily News reported, citing information from court papers filed in Brooklyn Federal Court.

The alleged pro-jihadists he described include a College of Staten Island student who attended a fund-raiser at Brooklyn College for a terrorist, according to the report. Also included are Brooklyn teachers of the Islamic orthodoxy Salafism, a livery cab driver and an Ethiopian Muslim in the Army.

Shehadeh's lawyer is trying to suppress the 22-page FBI report, according to the News.

Last October, federal prosecutors charged Shehadah, accusing him of lying when he told authorities that he took a trip to Pakistan in 2008 to attend a religious school. In fact, prosecutors allege, he was trying to join the Taliban.

A criminal complaint alleged the FBI and the NYPD had been investigating Shehadeh "and several other individuals in connection with a plot to travel overseas and wage violent jihad against the United States and other coalition military forces."

The comments are closed.