(First of two parts)
CHICAGO (JGL) – “If I died as a martyr, and if there was some inheritance from the sale of dad’s land, please don’t forget about my two children here. Please don’t forget to transfer them into the same account that you’ve been using.”
On the Fourth of July in 2006, this was the ominous email message of Malaysian Zulkifli Adbhir also known as Marwan to his elder brother Rahmat Adbhir, a naturalized U.S. Citizen, who is currently serving time inside a U.S. prison, not in Guantanamo Base in Cuba, after Rahmat pleaded guilty to one count of indictment conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists in the offense ending Aug. 31, 2007.
Marwan is said to be a bomb-maker and one of the United States’ most wanted fugitives. He carries a $5-million reward for anyone, who could provide information to his capture dead or alive. He was believed slain last Jan. 25, 2015 at Mamasapano, Maguindanao that also resulted in the collateral damage of the death of 44 Philippine government’s Special Action Forces (SAF) and a dozen of militants believed from the Moro National Liberation Forces (MILF) and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) coddling him.
A source from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Los Angeles clarifying Adbhir’s location tipped this reporter off to trace the court records of Abdhir to a national database where “any publicly filed documents are available.”
It turned out that Rahmat and his brother Zulkifli had faced trial before the United States District Court of the Northern District of California in San Jose following their indictments of Counts One and Two for conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and Counts Three to Fifteen for contributing goods and services to a Specially Designated Global Terrorist; and Count Sixteen for material false statements.
FBI CONFIRMS MARWANS’ DNA MATCH
“I’d like to correct the wild speculation that Rahmat is being detained in Guantanamo Base,” an FBI source, who is not authorized to be quoted by name, told the Journal GlobaLinks. “He is just detained in the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.”
The same FBI source also sent this reporter the statement of David Bowdich, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI Los Angeles Field Office, which confirmed that “preliminary results indicate that the DNA profiles obtained from the biological sample indicate a possible relationship with a known relative of Zulkifli Abdhir a.k.a. Marwan. Although, the results of the DNA examinations do not provide absolute identification, the results do support that the biological sample provided by Philippine authorities came from Marwan.”
Without naming Rahmat as the Marwan’s relative, the FBI could have used the DNA of Rahmat to match Marwan’s based on the sentencing guidelines pronounced by Judge Jeremy Fogel of the U.S. District Court in Northern California, who ordered Rahmat to “cooperate in the collection of DNA as directed by the probation officer.”
Following a 20-minute sentencing hearing on Aug. 26, 2010, Judge Fogel sentenced Rahmat to 120 months in federal prisons, three years’ supervised release and $100 special assessment fee after Rahmat pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists in the offense and dismissed the rest of the indictments returned by a grand jury on August 1, 2007.
Rahmat was represented by his defense lawyer, Nick Humy, while the government was represented by U.S. Attorneys Gary Fry and John Gibbs.
RAHMAT WOULD HAVE FACED 15 YEARS PLUS IMPRISONMENT
Had Rahmat gone into trial, he would have faced 15 years in prison and $250,000 fine if he were convicted of Counts One and Two (conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists); 20 years in prison and $50,000 fine for Counts Three to 15 for contributing goods and services to a Specially Designated Global Terrorist; and eight years imprisonment and $250,000 fine for Count 16 for material false statements when he used different sender and recipient names in sending the packages of terrorism materials to Marwan from San Jose, California to the Philippines.
Because Rahmat is “not considered a threat the United States,” Fogel said, Rahmat “should be housed accordingly” and be “remanded to the Custody of the U.S. Marshal” and his “appearance bond is hereby exonerated.”
Since Rahmat could not be deported because he is a U.S. naturalized citizen, Fogel also sentenced Rahmat to a “three-year supervised release and must report to the probation office in the district to which defendant is released within 72 hours of release from the custody of the Bureau of Prisons.”
Rahmat was also ordered to “not unlawfully possess a controlled substance” and “shall submit to one drug test within 15 days of release from imprisonment and two periodic drug tests.”
RAHMAT TO BE RELEASED APRIL 18, 2016
However, the “drug testing condition is suspended based on the court’s determination that the defendant poses a low risk of future substance abuse” and the “defendant shall not possess a firearm, ammunition, destructive device, or any other dangerous weapon.”
Rahmat, 51, is currently detained at the FCI (Federal Correctional Institution) Lompoc, a low security institution in Lompoc, California. He is scheduled to be released on April 18, 2016. Rahmat was indicted by a grand jury based on records unsealed on Aug. 1, 2007.
The indictments were based on a series of exchanges of email messages between Rahmat and Marwan “beginning on a date unknown and continuing through at least August 2007 in the Northern District of California and elsewhere.”
In sending terrorism materials, Rahmat used his sender’s names as “Sean Kasem, Sean Kalimin, Roy Kalimin and Salam A. Jabar” while Rahmat addressed the packages to Marwan under the following aliases as “Zulkifli Bin Abdul Hir, Hulagu, Holagu, Lagu, Marwan, Kulon, Musa Abdul, Musa Abdul Hir, Zulkifli Abdul Hir, Zulkifli bin Hir, Abdul Hir bin Zulkifli, Abdulhir Bin Hir and Bin Abdul Hir Zulkifli.”
Rahmat used his email address of firstname.lastname@example.org and sends his email to Marwan under the email handles, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
In their email exchanges, Marwan wanted Rahmat to send him “accessories for firearms, backpacks, Insignia two-way radios, knives and publications about firearms” to the Philippines, using such codes as “iron” for firearms, “dogs” for government agents and “prizes and presents” for bombs or IEDs (improvised explosive devices).
Zulkifli or Marwan was either born on Jan. 5, 1966 or Oct. 5, 1966 in Muar, Johor, Malaysia. He speaks Malaysian, English, Tagalog and Arabic. He was an engineer trained in the U.S. He is thought to be the head of Kumpulun Mujahidin Malaysia (KMM) terrorist organization and a member of Jemaah Islamiyah’s (JI) central command. He trained bomb making for terrorist organizations, including Abu Sayyaf Group. (To be concluded)