Brooklyn Bookkeeper Suspected of Trying to Aid al Qaeda

Targeting Terrorism

Targeting Terrorism

New York Daily News reports a Brooklyn bookkeeper is accused of trying to send Al Qaeda money and Casio watches to build bombs and was ordered held without bail Monday.

Federal Magistrate Judge James Francis denied a bid to have Sabirhan Hasanoff released to house arrest, citing his technical savvy, conversations about the terror network on the Internet and his purchase of watches prized by terrorist groups.

“Were this an individual with minimal skills who perhaps bought digital watches from a street vendor for the benefit of Al Qaeda, it might be a different story,” Francis said.

Hasanoff, 34, and Wesam El-Hanafi, 33, were busted in Dubai earlier this month and charged with offering Al Qaeda their allegiance and offers of high-tech support.

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