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Albany, NY mosque leader, associate sentenced

Submitted by admin on Sat, 2007-03-10 12:32.

10 March 2007: The leader of an Albany mosque and his associate were sentenced this week to 15 years in federal prison. Yassin AREF, the former imam of the Masjid as-Salam in Albany, New York, and pizza shop owner Mohammed Hossain were convicted last October for their role in a fictitious money laundering scheme involving the sale of a shoulder-fired missile that would be used to kill a Pakistani diplomat in New York City.

Hossain, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Bangladesh and pizza shop owner agreed in exchange for a share of the money, and Aref, a 36-year-old Kurdish refugee, acted as a witness to the transactions. Aref was also found guilty of lying to FBI agents about having known a terrorist leader, Mullah Krekar, while working for a Kurdish political organization in Syria.

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