- Nov 22, 2003
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Story Date: 2006-Oct-13 at 20:08:30
Ga. imam admits supporting Hamas
Oct. 13, 2006 (UPI delivered by Newstex) -- The imam of a Georgia mosque admitted he has provided material support to the Palestinian group Hamas, which is designated a terror organization.
Mohamed Shorbagi pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with government investigators, said David Nahmias, U.S. attorney for the northern district of Georgia. Under his plea agreement, released Friday, he could be sentenced to as much as 15 years in prison, but prosecutors agreed to ask for a much shorter term if he provides useful information.
Shorbagi, of Rome, Ga., said he helped raise money for a Hamas front organization, the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development. He acknowledged knowing what the foundation was since, as its Georgia representative, he attended meetings where high-level Hamas leaders were present and he also invited them to his mosque in Rome.
Hamas members make up most of the elected Palestinian government. The party has been designated a terror group by the U.S. State Department.