Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Man accused of recruiting for ISIS used code words: feds
A man accused of acting as a recruiter for ISIS used code words to hide his illicit activities, including calling the terror group “the company” and referring to terrorist training as an “internship,” Manhattan federal prosecutors said Tuesday.
Ahmed Mohammed el Gammal used code words and encrypted messages when talking to a Baruch College student who wanted to join ISIS because the defendant knew what he was doing was illegal, prosecutors said in opening statements.
El Gammal is accused of aiding and abetting ISIS by helping 24-year-old Baruch student Samy El-Goarany travel to Syria through Turkey, and introducing the student to people who could help him join ISIS.
El Gammal met El-Goarany online when El-Goarany was still a teenager. Years later, he gave El-Goarany the name of a friend in Turkey who could help the student travel to Syria, prosecutors said.
Lawyers for el Gammal sought to paint their client as an all-American guy who is being scapegoated.
El Gammal loves Marlboro cigarettes, Jimmy Carter and Red Bull, said his lawyer, Annalisa Miron, who said people call him “Jimmy.”