Feeds

This is what is happening to Iraq's Internet domain

ICANN's head reveals all

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Intelligent flash storage arrays

And what of Bayan Elashi?

Bayan Elashi and his brothers - Ghassan, Basman and Hazim - were arrested on 18 December 2002 on charges of dealing illegally with a senior Hamas operative, Mousa abu Marzook, and of illegally exporting computer equipment and technology to Libya and Syria - described by US officials as state sponsors of terrorism. A fifth brother, Ihsan Elashi, was already in prison for export violations at the time of the arrests.

They were held up as an example of the American authorities stamping down on domestic Islamic terrorism, with the Attorney General John Ashcroft himself making a statement on their arrest. Even the FBI director Robert Mueller spoke to reporters about the case, saying it had "relied upon an array of intelligence and law enforcement initiatives and tools that have characterized our post 9/11 efforts".

They have been charged with 46 counts, ranging from export violations to making false statements to money laundering to the most serious, dealing in the property of a specially designated terrorist. If convicted, they could be sentenced to maximum penalties of 10 years in prison on illegal export charges, 10 to 20 years for money laundering, 10 years for dealing in the property of a designated terrorist, and five years in prison for making false statements. Read the entire lawsuit here [pdf].

They appeared in court on 6 October 2003 and a trial started this month in Dallas, Texas. The current trial is only over the export violation charges (laid out in full here [pdf]) and the brothers' defence is that they were tricked by a Libyan businessman into selling computer equipment to Libya, when they thought it was only going to Malta. The government says it has evidence otherwise. The case should end in the next week.

The trial regarding the charge that they helped a known terrorist - Mousa Abu Marzook, the ex-head of Hamas' political bureau and their cousin's husband - will begin in September. ®

Related stories

Iraq, its domain and the terrorist-funding owner
Iraq: the view from the ground

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Big Content outs piracy hotbeds: São Paulo, Beijing ... TORONTO?
MPAA calls Canadians a bunch of bootlegging movie thieves
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET
Cupertino revenue hit by cheapo downloads, says report
US court SHUTS DOWN 'scammers posing as Microsoft, Facebook support staff'
Netizens allegedly duped into paying for bogus tech advice
Feds seek potential 'second Snowden' gov doc leaker – report
Hang on, Ed wasn't here when we compiled THIS document
Verizon bankrolls tech news site, bans tech's biggest stories
No agenda here. Just don't ever mention Net neutrality or spying, ok?
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.
Mitigating web security risk with SSL certificates
Web-based systems are essential tools for running business processes and delivering services to customers.