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New York court finds Jamaican imam guilty of aiding and abetting terrorists


A Jamaican imam has been found guilty of terrorism-related charges after being extradited to New York as part of an international black op by the NYPD.

Jamaican Abdullah el Faisal has been found guilty in Manhattan Supreme Court of mobilizing or supporting an act of terrorism, the office of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has announced. He is expected to be sentenced in February.

Bragg’s office noted that this was the first statewide terrorism trial in the country. New York State passed anti-terrorism laws following the September 11, 2001 attacks.

El Faisal was arrested in his native Jamaica in 2017 and extradited to New York in 2020. Authorities said that beginning in 2016, an undercover New York police officer began communicating with the imam, posing as a potential jihadist. El-Faisal has supported the Islamic State for several years, prosecutors said, encouraging acts of violence in online lectures and calling for the creation of an Islamic caliphate.

Following a communication with a police officer who was to go abroad, the imam gave the contacts of a man in Syria who acted as an intermediary for communication with the Islamic State.

El Faisal’s attorney, Michael Fineman, said he was disappointed with the indictment and intends to appeal. According to him, the imam never agreed to help the policeman to go to the territory controlled by the group.

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