18 April 2012 – Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that two Malian citizens, HAROUNA TOURÉ and IDRISS ABDELRAHMAN, pled guilty today – after jury selection for their trial had begun – to one count of conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.
In December 2009, TOURÉ, ABDELRAHMAN, and their associate, Oumar Issa, were charged with agreeing to transport cocaine through West and North Africa with the intent to support the drug trafficking activities of Al Qaeda, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (“AQIM”), and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (“FARC”). Each of these organizations has been designated by the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. TOURÉ, ABDELRAHMAN, and Issa were arrested in Ghana on December 16, 2009, and subsequently transported to the Southern District of New York. TOURÉ and ABDELRAHMAN pled guilty today before U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones.