When Abdurahman Alamoudi was stopped by British authorities last August as he boarded a flight from London to Syria with $340,000 inside a valise, Western government officials were skeptical about his odd explanation that a Libyan official had handed him the money without a word in a London hotel room, the Washington Post reports. U.S. agents initially believed that the prominent American Muslim activist had planned to take the money to Syria and give it to the Islamic Resistance Movement, the Palestinian group also known as Hamas that sponsors suicide bombings against Israelis.
But now Alamoudi, who is being held at an Alexandria jail facing 34 counts related to the alleged cash smuggling, is sketching out even more extraordinary allegations for U.S. officials. Alamoudi has revealed a plot by Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi to assassinate the head of the Saudi government, Crown Prince Abdullah — a plan in which Alamoudi took part, according to U.S. law enforcement officials and other informed sources. Lawyers for Alamoudi, a pillar of Northern Virginia’s Muslim community, are negotiating a plea agreement with the government in the hope that their client can avoid the life sentence he could face if convicted on all the original charges, sources said.