Ohio brothers admit to giving money to al-Qaida leader


By John Seewer - Associated Press



TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Two brothers from Ohio have admitted to sending money to an al-Qaida leader who they knew planned to use it for terrorist acts.

Asif Salim and Sultane Salim both pleaded guilty to concealing the financing of terrorism on Thursday in federal court in Toledo.

Prosecutors agreed to drop more serious charges against the pair who are U.S. citizens in exchange for the pleas. Both face sentences of up to eight years in prison.

The men and another pair of brothers who already have pleaded guilty were charged three years ago with raising money through fraudulent credit card charges and other means beginning in 2005.

Prosecutors say the money went to Anwar al-Awlaki, a key al-Qaida leader who was killed in a drone strike in 2011.

By John Seewer

Associated Press