US judge sentences Yemeni sheikh to 75 years for terror support

US judge sentences Yemeni sheikh to 75 years for terror support

[JURIST] US judge Sterling Johnson [official website] on Thursday sentenced Yemeni cleric Sheikh Mohammed Ali Hassan al-Moayad, convicted in March of conspiring to support foreign terrorist groups [JURIST report], to 75 years in prison and fined him $1.25 million. Al-Moayad and his assistant, Mohammed Zayed, also from Yemen, were arrested in Germany in 2003 after telling a federal agent posing as a US businessman that they would help him funnel money to militants. Al-Moayad was later extradited to the United States where he was acquitted of actually funding al-Qaeda, but was found guilty of providing material support and resources to Hamas. Reuters has more.