Omar Abdel-Rahman, 1993 World Trade Center bombing plotter, dies
19 February, 2017, 00:45 | Author: Essie Rivera
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Abdel-Rahman would then travel to the United States in 1990 where he preached in Brooklyn, New York and New Jersey mosques, according to federal prosecutors.
Abdel-Rahman arrived in the United States in 1990, even though he was on a list of suspected terrorists and thus banned from the country. Prosecutors said at his trial in NY that the terror plots were meant to force the U.S.to end its support of Israel and Egypt.
For southeastern Minnesota readers, Abdel-Rahman's death may stir memories of terrorism fears post 9-11. However, the Obama administration vowed never to release Abdel-Rahman and said any reports to the contrary were "completely and unequivocally false". Eight years later, on September 11, 2001, Al-Qaeda attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, killing almost 3,000 people. Not long afterward, Abdel-Rahman was imprisoned and, he claimed, tortured by Egyptian authorities.
In 2006 one of Abdel-Rahman's lawyers, Lynne F. Stewart, was sentenced to 28 months in prison for helping smuggle messages from the cleric to his followers in Egypt.
The 78-year-old Abdel-Rahman passed away at a prison hospital in South Carolina, NBC New York said.
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After the 1981 assassination of President Anwar Sadat by Islamic militants, Abdel-Rahman was jailed and accused of sanctioning the killing.
He was not convicted for the bombing, but was believed to be linked to the six men who were convicted, and is said to have helped orchestrate the attack, which killed six people and left more than 1,000 injured.
USA authorities blamed a computer error for the visa, but the mistake was compounded in 1991 when Abdel-Rahman was given a green card and permanent US resident status. But in 1991 he was given a green card and permanent resident status in the U.S.
A follower of Abdel-Rahman's assassinated Meir Kahane, a former Israeli politician, in Brooklyn in November 1990.
During a sentencing hearing, he gave a 90 minute speech in which he claimed he had not "committed any crime except telling people about Islam".
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