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OHIO: 2 plead guilty in terrorism case


Jennifer Feehan

Two men admitted in federal court Thursday that they provided money to a known terrorist.

Brothers Sultane Roome Salim, 43, and Asif Ahmed Salim, 37, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to concealment of financing of terrorism.

Asif Ahmed Salim, left, and Sultane Roome Salim.

They each face up to eight years in a federal prison when they are sentenced later this year by Judge Jeffrey Helmick. As part of a plea agreement, Sultane also agreed to forfeit $21,595 that was seized from his bank account by federal agents in 2015.

The brothers' pleas came a day after co-defendant Ibrahim Zubair Mohammad, 38, pleaded guilty to the same charge in a deal that calls for a 60-month prison sentence.

Mohammad, like Asif Salim, already has spent nearly 30 months in jail awaiting trial, which was set to begin April 23. Both will receive credit for the time they have served. Sultane Salim has been free on bond, living at his mother's home in Cambridge, Ohio.

Michael Freeman, an assistant U.S. attorney, told the court that in 2009, Sultane wrote three checks to Mohammad totaling $15,000 and Asif had written one check for $2,000 to Mohammad. The checks were deposited in the bank account of Mohammad's brother, Yahya Farooq Mohammad, who was living in the United Arab Emirates at the time.

Read more: http://www.toledoblade.com/Courts/2018/04/12/2-plead-guilty-in-terrorism-case.html