Conviction of Islamic “charity” leader upheldJuly 4, 2012
The Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from the Muslim engineer who helped fund dirty bomber Jose Padilla. Kifah Jayyousi was convicted in 2007 for providing material support for terrorism. Prior to his trial, his attorney claimed that “Jayyousi simply raised money for charitable activities and plans to plead innocent to the charges.”
Yes, most of the jihadist financiers regard themselves as simply carrying out zakat-related activities as mandated by the Koran. They use the term “charity” in English, but as we know by now, zakat doesn’t just go to the poor—it goes to the mujahideen who wage holy war in the cause of Allah. Jayyousi even described American Islamic Group, the “charity” he created, as “the voice of the mujahideen.”
From The Detroit News on June 26:
Ex-DPS official’s terror conviction upheld
By David Shepardson
Washington — The Supreme Court on Monday let stand the 2007 conviction of a former Detroit Public Schools assistant superintendent charged with aiding convicted dirty bomber Jose Padilla.
The High Court without comment refused to hear an appeal from Kifah W. Jayyousi, a former school official and adjunct Wayne State University professor, who was convicted of conspiring to murder, kidnap or maim persons overseas, and sentenced to 12 years and eight months in prison.
In March 2005, federal prosecutors in U.S. District Court in Miami charged Jayyousi, now 51, with providing material support to terrorists and conspiring to commit murder and kidnapping outside the United States.
Jayyousi was convicted alongside Padilla and another man as part of a North American terror support cell.
Jayyousi lived in Detroit until his arrest.
Jayyousi is housed at a medium-security prison in Marion, Ill., and his projected release date is September 2017.
In an interview Monday, his son, Mohammed, 26, says his dad is innocent.
“He is taking this stance that this (sentence) is punishment from God,” said his son, one of the elder Jayyousi’s five children.
The family lives in the Detroit area.
In addition to his Detroit Public Schools post, Jayyousi served as a top school official in Washington, D.C., and holds a doctorate in civil engineering from Wayne State.
Jayyousi, a Jordanian native who became a U.S. citizen in 1986, was arrested at Detroit Metropolitan Airport as he returned from Qatar, where he had been overseeing a construction project for a Dearborn company.
He had founded the American Islamic Group and opened a bank account for the group in 1993 as part of an effort to raise money for “violent jihad,” the FBI said.
“Everything he did was perfectly legal,” Mohammed Jayyousi said.
A prosecutor described Jayyousi as “the money man” who provided financing and equipment to terrorist groups.