Canadian man extradited to the US on charges of sponsoring terrorism has pleaded guilty

An Edmonton man who was extradited to the US to face Islamic State terrorism financing charges has pleaded guilty in exchange for a 20-year prison sentence.

A statement from the US Department of Justice said that under his plea deal in federal court on Friday, Abdullahi Ahmed Abdullahi admitted he provided money to four of his cousins, as well as former San Diego resident Douglas McAuthur McCain, to fund their terrorist activities. Syria.

The statement said he also admitted robbing a jewelry store in Edmonton in 2014 to finance a trip by conspirators from North America to support and join terrorist fighters in Syria.

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Abdullahi was indicted in California in March 2017 and arrested by Canadian authorities in September 2017.

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In June 2019, the Alberta Court of Appeal upheld his extradition and the justice department statement said he had been turned over to US authorities later that year.

The statement noted that all four of his cousins ​​and McCain, who is known to be the first American to die in the fight against Islamic State, are presumed dead.

“Terrorist networks cannot exist without people like Abdullahi,” US Attorney Randy Grossman said in the statement.

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“Our top priority is to protect Americans from terrorists, and with today’s plea, we have brought justice to those who directly financed the violence.”

The statement said terrorist activities include killing, kidnapping and disposing of bodies in Syria.

In addition, it said Abdullahi admitted that he and others misled and caused money to third-party intermediaries in Gaziantep, Turkey, not far from the Syrian border, to aid in fighting and terrorist activity in Syria.

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Grossman thanked the RCMP and the Edmonton Police Department, as well as the prosecution authorities in Canada, for their assistance.

The statement said Douglas’ brother, Marchello McCain, was previously convicted in San Diego federal court and sentenced to 10 years in prison for illegally possessing an arsenal of weapons and providing false reports to agents. FBI agent about his knowledge of the plot, including Abdullahi’s involvement.

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