DOJ says ex-leader of terrorist group based in Columbia should lose citizenship

Posted on 8 February 2018 at 9:49am
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KANSAS CITY (AP) — The Department of Justice says a former executive director of a global terrorist organization in Missouri should have his citizenship stripped.

The Kansas City Star reports that the agency filed a complaint to revoke naturalization against Mubarak Hamed on Wednesday in federal court in Missouri.

Hamed was an executive director of the Islamic American Relief Agency in Columbia. The organization posed as a charity to assist famine victims in Africa, collecting $1 million to $3 million in contributions annually from 1991 to 2003. It dissolved in 2004 after it was deemed a terrorist organization.

The DOJ says the organization actually "secretly funneled $1,375,000 to Iraq in violation of United States economic sanctions."

Hamed is a native of Sudan. The Star couldn't immediately reach attorneys who represented him for comment.