Trials are scheduled soon for two people implicated by Mohamed Alanssi, the FBI informant who is recovering after setting himself on fire in front of the White House to protest what he says is the FBI’s betrayal of him, reports the Christian Science Monitor. Abad Elfgeeh, charged with running an illegal money transfer business, is one of 20 people implicated by Alanssi, including a prominent Yemeni sheikh, Sheikh Mohammed Ali Hassan al-Mouyad, who was nabbed in a sting operation in Germany. He is in jail in Brooklyn on charges that he provided millions of dollars to Al Qaeda and the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.
The case was considered to be the government’s biggest domestic terrorism-finance probe. As prosecutors prepare for the sheikh’s Jan. 10 trial and Elfgeeh’s March trial, Alanssi’s bizarre behavior and other revelations about the cases offer an inside look at the complexity of following the money trail in the war on terror – and the difficulty of proving alleged wrongdoing. Defense lawyers believe the cases are textbook examples of what can go wrong when law-enforcement authorities rely on unreliable informants and stage risky undercover operations.