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3rd Oct 2013
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A former CFO in the US has been sentenced to 18 years in jail for providing al-Qaida with financial and informational support.

American and Australian citizen Sabirhan Hasanoff pleaded guilty at Manhattan federal court last year to supporting al-Qaida, conspiring with others and had to forfeit US$70,000.

The former KPMG and PwC employee received his sentence at the same court this week, three years after he was first arrested in 2010, where he was working in Dubai as a CFO.

The court heard how Hasanoff provided extensive support to al-Qaida from 2007 to 2010, including conducting surveillance into the New York Stock Exchange and sending a one-page report to a co-conspirator in Yemen.

Prosecutors said he also bought the organisation a remote control for explosives attacks and made regular cash donations to those he thought were associated with al-Qaida.

The accountant also sought to travel overseas to get military training to fight Americans, they added.

US intelligence officials said that Hasanoff was a known extremist in Yemen and they had monitored him through the US National Security Agency.

District judge Kimba Wood said that the former PwC senior manager appeared to be a “good family man” before he became involved with al-Qaida.

Hasanoff wrote to the judge on 17 June apologising for his conduct, saying he regretted abandoning his life in the US, where he formerly lived in Brooklyn with his wife and three children.

He said he had got involved with al-Qaida to reconcile with his Muslim faith due to atrocities he saw being committed against it around the world.

His lengthy sentence was two years less than asked for by assistant US attorney John Cronan. The judge said it was important that the 18-year sentence would act as a deterrent to anyone else from going down the same or a similar route.

The case is USA v El-Hanafi et al, US District Court, Southern District of New York, 10-cr-00162.

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By The Black Knight
04th Oct 2013 12:16

Religion

That's religion for you! all flaming nutters.

Logic is severely twisted

Resources do need to be directed to cut off the funding of terrorism and organised crime. There would be a whole lot less killing if these morons could not afford guns and bombs.

Was he doing this when he was at PWC and KPMG? Did he fool the psycho test or some other explanation.

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By Roland St Clere-Smithe
07th Oct 2013 10:58

Thats politics for you!

There would also be less killing if politicians like Blair and Flashman could not afford guns and bombs. Mind you they are stealing our money to pay for them!

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By The Black Knight
07th Oct 2013 11:14

that's what

Roland St Clere-Smithe wrote:

There would also be less killing if politicians like Blair and Flashman could not afford guns and bombs. Mind you they are stealing our money to pay for them!

That's what people voted for and it does put bread on your table.

 

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By Roland St Clere-Smithe
07th Oct 2013 11:26

Really...

There would be more  "bread on the table" if so much money wasn't spent on guns and bombs. The people voted for them because they were not given a realistic alternative.

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By The Black Knight
07th Oct 2013 11:58

may be

Roland St Clere-Smithe wrote:

There would be more  "bread on the table" if so much money wasn't spent on guns and bombs. The people voted for them because they were not given a realistic alternative.

may be, but it hasn't changed in 3000 years.

and unlikely to do so.

The majority public vote for their own destiny by

Shopping in tesco's

Supporting the war effort, many even make greater contributions (on top of their tax) to help for heroes to ease the cost of the war.

Believing all the nonsense they are told at school, and on the Idiot lantern. Even when intelligent beings can see the stories don't fit together.

Change needs to start at school preferably with religious education being removed from the syllabus as this is where most of these sick views are promoted as if they were real or of any use. These religious fanatics are an insult to ones intelligence.

Does need a shake up as some of these concepts we have built a whole economic system around: Marriage, divorce, one (god, woman etc), ownership, war. Although to be fair to war it had a purpose. Without religion though they would perhaps just be dead? Not so glorious then?

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By Roland St Clere-Smithe
07th Oct 2013 12:58

Its much simpler than you think

Give more... take less.

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