MALIAN MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN MANHATTAN FEDERAL COURT TO CONSPIRING TO PROVIDE MATERIAL SUPPORT TO AL QAEDA AND THE FARC

15 November 2011 – Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Malian citizen OUMAR ISSA pled guilty today to one count of conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

In December 2009, ISSA and two other men – Harouna Touré and Idriss Abdelrahman – were charged in connection with their agreement 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 Magreb (“AQIM”), and the Fuerza Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (“FARC”). Each of these organizations has been designated by the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.

ISSA was arrested in Ghana on December 16, 2009, at the request of the United States, and subsequently transported to the Southern District of New York. He pled guilty today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Debra Freeman.

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