San Jose man charged in Bali nightclub bombing
By Jason Bennert
August 3, 2007
Federal prosecutors today announced the arrest of a San Jose
man on charges that during the past year he has provided his brother,
designated as one of the leaders of the terrorist group responsible
for the 2002 Bali nightclub bombing, with money, radios and other
Rahmat Abdhir, 43, also known as "Sean Kasem'' or "Sean
Kalimin,'' was arrested Thursday at his Sunnyvale workplace on
multiple felony charges.
He allegedly sent approximately 30 two-way radios, ammunition
magazines for a Colt .45 and other equipment as well as more than
$10,000 in cash to his brother Zulkifi Abdhir between June 2006
and June 2007.
Zulkifi Abdhir, 41, was named a "Specially Designated Global
Terrorist'' in September 2003 by the U.S. government. According
to federal authorities, he is part of the central command of Jemaah
Islamiyah, a regional affiliate of al-Qaida and the terrorist
group linked the Bali nightclub bombing that killed more than
200 people and other terrorist acts in the Philippines and Indonesia.
There is a $5 million reward offered for information leading
to his arrest.
"With yesterday's arrest and indictment, we have closed
off a channel by which an American citizen was allegedly funding
and supplying a fugitive designated terrorist with two-way radios
and other materials for his operations overseas," Assistant
Attorney General for National Security Kenneth Wainstein said
in a prepared statement. "As this case demonstrates, we will
bring the full force of the law against anyone who uses the resources
of our economy to support overseas terrorism.''
Rahmat Abdhir, in addition to supplying money and equipment,
passed on news reports and other information about the conflict
in the Philippines between his brother's group and the Philippine
military, according to the indictment.
If convicted of all charges Rahmat Abdhir could face more than
20 years in prison. He is next scheduled to appear in U.S. District
Court in San Jose at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
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