Two New York men have been charged with providing suspected material support to al Qaeda network, prosecutors said on Friday.
Wesam El-Hanafi, 33, who was born and lived in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, and Sabirhan Hasanoff, 34, a dual U.S. and Australian citizen who also lived in Brooklyn, were accused of performing tasks for al Qaeda in New York, according to a U.S. District Court indictment
Prosecutors declined to say when and where El-Hanafi and Hasanoff were arrested. They were due to appear in federal court in Virginia on Friday and expected to be moved to New York to appear in federal court there. They face a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison if convicted.
El-Hanafi is accused of traveling to Yemen in 2008 and meeting with al Qaeda members, discussing operational security matters and accepting tasks to perform for the group.
Several months later El-Hanafi accepted an oath of allegiance from a third, unidentified, man and also purchased a subscription for a software program that allowed him to communicate securely with others over the Internet, according to prosecutors.
El-Hanafi told the unnamed man to carry out various tasks for al Qaeda, while Hasanoff told the man not to use his U.S. passport when traveling because fewer immigration stamps would make it more valuable to al Qaeda, prosecutors said.
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