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Monday, January 24, 2022

Canadian extradited to US on terrorist financing charges pleaded guilty

A man from Edmonton, extradited to the United States on charges of helping finance Islamic State terrorism, pleaded guilty in exchange for a 20-year prison sentence.

In a statement, the US Department of Justice said that in line with his plea agreement in federal court on Friday, Abdullahi Ahmed Abdullahi admitted to having provided money to his four cousins, as well as former San Diego resident Douglas MacAutur McCain, to fund their terrorist activities. to Syria.

The statement said he also confessed to robbing a jewelry store in Edmonton in 2014 to fund a trip by North American conspirators to support and join terrorist fighters in Syria.

Abdullahi was indicted in California in March 2017 and arrested by Canadian authorities in September 2017.

In June 2019, the Alberta Court of Appeals confirmed his extradition, and the Justice Department said in a statement that he was handed over to the US authorities the same year.

The statement notes that all four of his cousins ​​and McCain, who was the first known American to die fighting the Islamic State, have since reportedly been killed.

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“Terrorist networks cannot survive without people like Abdullahi,” US Attorney Randy Grossman said in a statement.

“Protecting Americans from terrorists is our top priority, and with today’s admission of guilt, we have given justice to whoever directly financed the violence.”

The statement said terrorist activities included murder, kidnapping and mutilation in Syria.

It also states that Abdullahi admitted that he and others had telegraphed and forced money to be transferred to third-party intermediaries in Gaziantep, Turkey, near the Syrian border, to support fighting and terrorist activities in Syria.

Grossman thanked RCMP and the Edmonton Police Service and the Canadian Attorney’s Office for their assistance.

Douglas’ brother, Marcello McCain, was previously convicted by a federal court in San Diego and sentenced to 10 years in prison for unlawfully possessing a cache of firearms and providing false information to FBI agents regarding his knowledge of the conspiracy, including involvement in him. Abdullahi.

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