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Sunday, August 20, 2006

The Comings and Goings of Ali A. Mohamed

The post below piqued my curiosity about the life of Ali A. Mohamed, an FBI informant, who had served in the US military as well as the Egyptian military. I spent a few hours reading about him in the New York Times archives (subscription required). Sure enough, what I've been reading about this terrorist is confirmed by several articles in the Times, going back many years. I was going to write a timeline of Mohamed's life, but I found an excellent one in the San Francisco Chronicle here. And, unbelievably, there is no record that this terrorist has been sentenced for his crimes.

Here's Wikipedia:
"While he was subpoenad in Rahman's trial, Ali Mohammed was not arrested until years later — on 10 September 1998, when he attempted to flee to Egypt after being subpoenaed in the aftermath of the embassy bombings in Nairobi and Tanzania. After eight months of imprisonment without trial, Ali Mohammed entered a guilty plea in May 1999. What happened after that is unclear. The trial proceeded, but there is no record of any sentencing or even a conviction. As late as February
, 2002, CBS News reported that "Mohammad pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing."[2] There has been no further news of his whereabouts, his sentencing, or whether he was released."