Maher Mofeid Hawash

Charge Date: Fri May. 2, 2003
Investigation Type(s):Informant, Sting
Charges:Firearms violations, Funding terrorists, Material support for terrorists, Sedititious conspiracy
Outcome:Pleaded guilty
Convictions:Funding terrorists
Alleged Affiliation:Al Qaeda

Hawash, along with Jeffrey Battle, Ahmed Ibrahim Bilal, Muhammad Ibrahim Bilal, Patrice Lumumba Ford, and October Martinique Lewis, was one of the Portland Seven, a homegrown cell. The FBI put them under investigation after a sheriff's deputy found several of them holding target practice. The group flew to China in an unsuccessful attempt to enter Afghanistan and join Al Qaeda. After being held in solitary confinement with limited access to his attorneys, Hawash struck a plea deal and testified against his co-conspirators. He was sentenced to seven years in prison.

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