A second sentence was handed down last week in the Care International trial. Last Thursday, Emadeddin Muntasser, former president of Care International Inc., was sentenced to one year in prison and fined $10,000 for lying to an FBI agent when he denied traveling to Afghanistan in 1994-1995. Last Friday, Muhamed Mubayyid, the former treasurer of Care International, was sentenced to eleven months in prison and fined $1,000.
"The judge exceeded advisory sentencing guidelines calling for no more than a six-month sentence, but gave the father of three (Mubayyid) seven months less prison time than prosecutors asked for."
"... Judge Saylor exceeded the sentencing guidelines because he said he agrees with the government that there still was harm in Care’s forcing U.S. taxpayers to subsidize radical Islamic actions in other parts of the world... Judge Saylor said he believes the defense that a great deal of the money Care dispersed went to legitimate charitable works such as supporting widows and orphans."
"Arguing for increasing the sentence, Mr. Chakravarty said the sentencing guidelines do not contemplate that violation of the tax code would result in advocacy for killing and violence in the name of religion. He said the government proved that Care was in effect providing life insurance to jihadists by supporting their widows and orphans."
More details about Care International in this summary article from the Braintree Forum:
"In the 1990s, Muntasser was involved in operating the Boston branch office of the Al-Kifah Refugee Center, a supporter of mujahideen (Muslim holy warriors) engaged in jihad."
"Al-Kifah Boston published a pro-jihad newsletter called Al-Hussam, which means 'The Sword' in Arabic."
"Following media reports in 1993 linking Al-Kifah to the World Trade Center bombing, Muntasser founded Massachusetts Care International, Inc. (Care), a purported charitable organization."
"....Shortly after it was incorporated in 1993, Muntasser sought and was granted a tax-exempt status for Care from the IRS on the basis that it was a charitable organization. ... From 1993 to 2003, Care collected approximately $1.7 million in tax-deductible donations."
"...In addition to publishing Al-Hussam, Care published articles about military operations and activities of the mujahideen on its web site from approximately 1998 to 2001; printed and distributed solicitations for tax deductible donations to support the mujahideen from approximately 1994 to 2001; and published and distributed an English translation of Join the Caravan, a pro-jihad book."
Can they be deported after serving their jail sentence? We don't need people here in the U.S. who support Sheikh Abdullah Azzam, author of Join the Caravan. Here's a charming blurb about the book at a UK Islamic website:
About the Author
"He was responsible for reviving Jihad in the 20th Century." [Time Magazine]
"Muslim women have proven themselves incapable of giving birth to a man like him after he was killed." [Osama bin Ladin]
"In the 1980's, the martyred Sheikh Abdullah Azzam coined a phrase whose meaning reverberates today across the battlefields of Chechnya. He described the Mujahideen who were killed in battle as joining the 'Caravan of Martyrs."' [Field Commander Khattab]
Written at the peak of the Afghan Jihad in 1987, this book was one of the principal inspirations for thousands of Muslims from all over the World to go and fight in Afghanistan to defend Muslim blood, property and honour. The Sheikh brought together evidences from the Quran, the Sunnah of the Prophet (SAWS) and the early scholars to explain the concept of fighting in the Way of Allah as applicable today. Fully referenced, this new edition is complete with inspiring stories from early and latter generations to provide a comprehensive study from a scholar who practised what he preached.
According to newspaper coverage of the trial last December, there were at least two Islamic centers in Massachusetts which wouldn't allow Care International to distribute the newsletter Al-Hussam. I'd like to know which these were, I'd give kudos to them.
I'm disappointed Muntasser and Mubayyid only got twelve month and eleven month sentences, respectively. There has to be a better way to rid our country of people who promote jihadi violence.