Ohio imam sentenced to prison for alleged ties to terrorism


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Palestinian-born imam Fawaz Damra, leader of Ohio's largest mosque (the Islamic Center of Greater Cleveland), was sentenced to two months in federal prison and four months of house arrest today. Damra, who was convicted of concealing ties to alleged terrorist groups when he applied for US citizenship, could have received up to five years in prison on the charge of obtaining US citizenship by providing false information. The judge found lying on a US citizenship test did not amount to a terrorism charge as the prosecutors had portrayed it.

Prosecutors also asked for a revocation of Damra's citizenship. The judge did not rule on this issue and gave no timetable as to a decision. Damra remains free on bond and may begin serving his sentence after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. AP has more. The Cleveland Plain Dealer offers background on Damra's case.

 

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