From AFP via the Khaleej Times, “Libyan, Lebanese in US arrested over alleged jihad funding,” with thanks to Skeetstreet.
BOSTON, Massachusetts – Two men, one Libyan and another Lebanese, were arrested Thursday and charged with financing jihad through a charitable front group, the US Justice Department said on Thursday.
Emadeddin Muntasser, 40, of Braintree, Massachusetts, and Muhamed Mubayyid, 40, of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, were accused of six counts of conspiracy and defrauding the government, prosecutors said in a statement.
“Organizations that conceal their true activities to abuse our tax laws, and in this case fund their support of the mujahadeen and jihad, will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” US Attorney Andrew Sullivan said in a statement. Jihad is a holy war against infidels.
Muntasser is president of Care International based in Boston, Massachusetts and Mubayyid is treasurer.
Between 1993 and 2003, Care collected 1.7 million tax-free dollars as a charitable organization…
In the 1990s, Muntasser was involved in running Al-Kifah Refugee Center in Boston, which was tied to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing according to the indictment, and Muntasser then went on to found Care.