Council on American Islamic Relations’ Ghassan Elashi Aided Terrorists

Convicted felon Ghassan Elashi was a founding board member of the Texas branch of the Council on American Islamic Relations.

U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
Northern District of Texas
1100 Commerce St., 3rd Fl.
Dallas, Texas 75242-1699

…October 13, 2006
INFOCOM CORPORATION AND ITS OPERATORS SENTENCED IN FEDERAL COURT
ELASHI BROTHERS CONVICTED FOR DOING BUSINESS WITH TERRORIST

In a series of hearings conducted this week in federal court in Dallas by the Honorable Sam A. Lindsay, United States District Judge, Bayan Elashi, Ghassan Elashi, Basman Elashi, and Infocom Corporation were sentenced, announced United States Attorney Richard B. Roper. The three defendants, along with their brothers, Hazim and Ihsan “Sammy” Elashi, operated a family-run, Richardson, Texas, business, Infocom, that sold computers and Internet services mostly to customers in the Middle East.

Today, Basman Elashi, age 50, was sentenced to 80 months imprisonment. Yesterday, Ghassan Elashi, age 52, was also sentenced to 80 months imprisonment. On Wednesday, Bayan Elashi, age 51, was sentenced to 84 months imprisonment and Infocom Corporation was sentenced to two years probation (the corporation is defunct). Bayan and Basman Elashi have been in federal custody on immigration violations since their arrest in December 2002. Ghassan Elashi was ordered to surrender to Bureau of Prison officials on January 16, 2007. He is currently scheduled to go on trial, along with seven co-defendants, again in February 2007, before the Honorable A. Joe Fish, United States Chief District Judge, in a case styled U.S. v. Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, et al.

U.S. Attorney Roper said, “The sentences in this case demonstrate that the Government’s efforts to restrict the assets and funds of terrorist organizations and those who lead those terrorist organizations must be recognized and adhered to. Those who knowingly violate the laws prohibiting any transactions with such assets can expect to face the prospect of prosecution and a lengthy incarceration for violating the laws passed by Congress to combat the threat imposed by terrorism. The sentences also demonstrate that the laws and regulations concerning the exporting of technology to foreign countries are a serious matter and must be respected by all who operate in that field.”

http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/txn/PressRel05/elashi_conv_part2.pdf

U.S. Department of Justice

United States Attorney

Northern District of Texas

United States Attorney Richard B. Roper announced that three brothers who operated a family-run, Richardson, Texas, company that sold computers and Internet services mostly to customers in the Middle East, were convicted late yesterday in Dallas, Texas. Following an almost three-week long trial before the Honorable Sam A. Lindsay, United States District Judge, and after one full day of deliberation, the jury found Bayan Elashi, Ghassan Elashi, Basman Elashi, and Infocom Corporation each guilty of conspiracy to deal in the property of a Specially Designated Terrorist and conspiracy to commit money laundering. In addition, Bayan Elashi and Ghassan Elashi were each convicted on 10 counts of dealing in the property of a Specially Designated Terrorist and nine counts of money laundering. Basman Elashi was also convicted on one count of dealing in the property of a Specially Designated Terrorist.

United States Attorney Roper said, “This conviction is a result of a tremendous effort by federal law enforcement to stop the flow of money that fuels international terrorism.” Roper continued, “The message of this verdict is clear — financing of terrorist organizations will not be tolerated by United States citizens. We in the United States stand tall against terrorism.”

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