The Clerics Who Cried Wolf
Another cleric of the Religion of Peace™ takes the fall for terrorism connections, and predictably screams “anti-Muslim bias!” Yemeni Sheik Causes Scene After Conviction.
NEW YORK - A three-year case that saw the government’s star witness set himself on fire outside the White House ended with the convictions of a Yemeni sheik and his assistant on terror-funding charges.
After the verdict was announced Thursday, Sheik Mohammed Ali Hassan al-Moayad and his assistant, Mohammed Yahya Zayed, cried out in Arabic that they had been wrongly convicted because jurors had not seen all of the government’s surveillance tapes. U.S. marshals rushed the men from court.
Al-Moayad and Zayed were convicted of all but two of the 10 charges in an indictment that accused them of vital roles in a terror funding network that stretched from Brooklyn to Yemen. …
During the outburst, al-Moayad cried out in English to reporters in the courtroom — “I want to speak with you” — then shouted in Arabic that jurors saw only “one-half of one-quarter” of the surveillance tapes that comprised the bulk of the government’s case.
Al-Moayad and Zayed were recorded promising to funnel more than $2 million to Hamas in a meeting with two FBI informants in a German hotel room.
A note to the lawyers who represent these freakazoids: the “biased, stupid American sheep” defense doesn’t seem to be working any more.
Five of the unidentified jurors in the case told reporters after the verdict they had been convinced almost entirely by Al-Moayad and Zayed’s words and actions on four days of secretly recorded conversations in the Frankfurt hotel.
They said they were unpersuaded, and occasionally offended, by defense suggestions the recordings were a government “reality show” that attempted to play on their anti-Muslim prejudices.
“This is a case that was designed and carried out in a way that played upon the worst possible fears of the American public,” Al-Moayad’s lawyer William Goodman insisted after the verdict.
But jurors said they were convinced by the defendants’ behavior and their familiarity on the recordings with the names of high-ranking members of Hamas.