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US Judge Sentences Yemeni Cleric to 75 Years in Prison for Supporting al-Qaida, Hamas


A Yemeni cleric who bragged about his ties to Osama bin Laden has been sentenced to 75 years in prison for conspiring to support and fund the al-Qaida and Hamas terrorist groups.

A federal judge in New York also fined Sheik Mohammed Ali Hassan al-Moayad $1.25 million.

Al-Moayad was secretly recorded promising to funnel cash to Hamas while talking with federal undercover agents in a German hotel room in 2003.

U.S. District Judge Sterling Johnson called the conversations "chilling." Judge Johnson said al-Moayad's ties to bin Laden and Hamas required a stiff sentence.

Al-Moayad was arrested in Germany in 2003 and later extradited to the United States.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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