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Cleric linked to bin Laden gets 75-year prison term

July 29, 2005

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A federal judge sentenced an ailing Yemeni cleric to 75 years in prison for plotting to aid al-Qaida and Hamas.

Despite pleading with the court to consider his charitable works in Yemen and his illnesses, Sheikh Mohammed Ali Hassan al-Moayad, 57, was given the maximum sentence by Judge Sterling Johnson Jr.

Johnson said it will always be an open question about whether any of the $20 million the defendant allegedly bragged about giving terror chief Osama bin Laden actually was used in the attacks on the World Trade Center and elsewhere.

Al-Moayad was convicted in March of conspiring to aid Hamas and al-Qaida. Al-Moayad was also convicted of providing aid to Hamas but acquitted of giving similar assistance to al-Qaida.

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