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Thursday, July 29, 2004

Iraqi arrested at Twin Cities airport indicted; allegedly had lied to authorities

July 29, 2004
An Iraqi man arrested this month at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport for immigration law violations was charged Wednesday with lying to authorities about his travels outside the United States and about anti-American material he was carrying.

When Ali Mohammed Abboud Almosaleh, 40, arrived at the airport on a flight from Amsterdam July 7, he told customs officers he had been out of the country for one month and had traveled to Syria, court documents said. But he actually had been gone for five months and had visited Iraq.

He told officers that his digital video discs with images of militant Iraqi Iman Muqtada Al-Sadr and his militia, accompanied by calls for resistance against the United States, were "just music," the documents said. Almosaleh also had video images of Saddam Hussein and the invasion of Iraq.

A law enforcement official has said Almosaleh was carrying a note that hinted at public suicide. Authorities are trying to determine whether Almosaleh's activities might be terrorism-related.

The court documents didn't say whether the Twin Cities area was his final destination.

Last month, a Minneapolis man with suspected connections to Al-Qaida was indicted on charges of making false statements. Mohamad Elzahabi, 41, a Lebanese man suspected of having Al-Qaida connections, was charged with lying to federal agents after saying that he didn't send walkie-talkies to Pakistan. Elzahabi, who lived in Minneapolis, is also charged with lying about his role in helping a man fraudulently obtain a Massachusetts driver's license.

Elzahabi is accused of attending a jihad military training camp, fighting in Afghanistan in 1988 and 1989 and acting as a sniper, according to court documents. He has not been charged with plotting a terrorist act. FR Reprint.

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