24 October 2000
Source: Court Reporters Office of the Southern District of New York
See related court docket: http://cryptome.sabotage.org/qaeda102000.htm
This transcript is from an appearance by Ali Mohamed before Judge Sand on October 20, 2000. Mr. Mohamed is one of 17 defendants in the bombing of US Embassies in Kenya and Sudan. And now the only one to plead guilty.
------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 0aklmohp PLEA 1 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK 2 ------------------------------x 3 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 4 v. S(7) 98 Cr. 1023 (LBS) 5 ALI MOHAMED, 6 Defendants. 7 ------------------------------x 8 New York, N.Y. 9 October 20, 2000 10 11 Before: 12 HON. LEONARD B. SAND, 13 District Judge 14 15 16 APPEARANCES 17 MARY JO WHITE United States Attorney for the 18 Southern District of New York BY: PATRICK J. FITZGERALD, 19 KENNETH M. KARAS, MICHAEL GARCIA, 20 ANDREW C. McCARTHY, PAUL BUTLER, 21 Assistant United States Attorneys 22 For Defendant Ali Mohamed: 23 JAMES ROTH 24 LLOYD EPSTEIN 25 (Pages 2 through 9 filed under seal) SOUTHERN DISTRICT REPORTERS, P.C. 212-805-0300 10 0aklmohp PLEA 1 (In open court) 2 DEPUTY CLERK: United States of America v. Ali 3 Mohamed. 4 Is the government ready? 5 MR. FITZGERALD: Yes, your Honor. Good morning. 6 THE COURT: Good morning. 7 DEPUTY CLERK: Defendant ready? 8 MR. ROTH: Yes, your Honor. James Roth for the 9 defendant. We're ready. 10 THE COURT: Mr. Roth, you have an application? 11 MR. ROTH: Yes, your Honor. Your Honor, at this 12 time, the defendant Ali Mohamed enters a plea of guilty to 13 Counts One, Three, Five and Six of S(7) 98 CR 1023. 14 THE COURT: Isn't it One through Three? 15 MR. ROTH: I'm sorry. One, Two, Three, that's 16 correct. 17 THE COURT: And he is offering to enter a plea to 18 Counts One, Two, Three, Five and Six of the indictment? 19 MR. ROTH: That is correct, your Honor. 20 THE COURT: And my understanding is that that offer 21 is made pursuant to Rule 11(e)(C). 22 MR. ROTH: (1)(C), your Honor. 23 THE COURT: Yes. Very well. 24 Mr. Kenneally, will you arraign Mr. Mohamed. 25 DEPUTY CLERK: Mr. Ali Mohamed, please rise for a SOUTHERN DISTRICT REPORTERS, P.C. 212-805-0300 11 0aklmohp PLEA 1 moment. 2 Is your attorney present, standing beside you? 3 THE DEFENDANT: Yes. 4 DEPUTY CLERK: Ali Mohamed, have you received a copy 5 of the indictment S(7) 98 Crim. 1023? 6 THE DEFENDANT: Yes. 7 DEPUTY CLERK: Do you wish to have Counts One, Two, 8 Three, Five and Six read out loud to you? 9 THE DEFENDANT: No, sir. 10 DEPUTY CLERK: Do you understand the charges on each 11 of Counts One, Two, Three, Five and Six? 12 THE DEFENDANT: Yes, sir. 13 DEPUTY CLERK: How do you offer to plead as to those 14 counts, guilty or not guilty? 15 THE DEFENDANT: Guilty. 16 THE COURT: Very well. Mr. Mohamed, how old are you, 17 sir? 18 THE DEFENDANT: 48, your Honor. 19 THE COURT: 40? 20 THE DEFENDANT: 8. 21 THE COURT: 48. 22 And how much schooling have you had? How much 23 schooling, education? 24 THE DEFENDANT: I have two bachelor degrees and one 25 master's degree. SOUTHERN DISTRICT REPORTERS, P.C. 212-805-0300 12 0aklmohp PLEA 1 THE COURT: And where did you obtain those degrees? 2 THE DEFENDANT: In Egypt. University of Alexandria 3 in Egypt. 4 THE COURT: And you read, write, speak and understand 5 English without any difficulty? 6 THE DEFENDANT: Yes, sir. 7 THE COURT: Have you received a copy of this 8 indictment and gone over it with your attorney? 9 THE DEFENDANT: Yes, sir. 10 THE COURT: And has he explained to you the charges 11 contained in this indictment? 12 THE DEFENDANT: Yes, your Honor. 13 THE COURT: And have you told him everything that you 14 know about these matters? 15 THE DEFENDANT: Yes, your Honor. 16 THE COURT: Are there any facts that you deliberately 17 withheld from your attorneys? 18 THE DEFENDANT: No, your Honor. 19 THE COURT: I have been furnished a copy of a letter 20 dated October 19 from the United States Attorney's Office to 21 your attorney. Have you signed such a letter? 22 THE DEFENDANT: Yes, your Honor. 23 THE COURT: Before signing such a letter did you go 24 over it carefully with your attorneys? 25 THE DEFENDANT: Yes, your Honor. SOUTHERN DISTRICT REPORTERS, P.C. 212-805-0300 13 0aklmohp PLEA 1 THE COURT: Do you understand the terms and 2 provisions contained in that letter? 3 THE DEFENDANT: Yes, sir. 4 THE COURT: Are there any understandings or 5 agreements or promises or inducements for you to enter into a 6 plea other than those set forth in this letter? 7 THE DEFENDANT: No, sir. 8 THE COURT: Very well. We will mark the letter. 9 Has it now been fully signed by all the parties? 10 MR. ROTH: Yes, your Honor. 11 THE COURT: All the signatories? 12 MR. ROTH: Yes, your Honor. 13 THE COURT: All right. We will deem that marked as 14 Court Exhibit A of today's date and it will be sealed. 15 Do you understand, Mr. Mohamed, that you have a right 16 to continue to plead not guilty, and that if you do so, you 17 have a right to a trial by a jury of 12 people, at which you 18 would have the right to the assistance of counsel, and if you 19 could not afford an attorney, one would be supplied at no cost 20 to you, as indeed has happened? Do you understand that? 21 THE DEFENDANT: Yes, your Honor. 22 THE COURT: Do you understand that at such a trial 23 the burden would be on the government to establish your guilt 24 beyond a reasonable doubt, to the unanimous satisfaction of 25 all 12 jurors? Do you understand that? SOUTHERN DISTRICT REPORTERS, P.C. 212-805-0300 14 0aklmohp PLEA 1 THE DEFENDANT: Yes, your Honor. 2 THE COURT: Do you understand that upon such a trial 3 you would have the right to subpoena witnesses and to confront 4 and to cross-examine all witnesses that were called by the 5 government against you? Do you understand that? 6 THE DEFENDANT: Yes, your Honor. 7 THE COURT: Do you understand that at such a trial 8 you could remain silent, and no inference could be drawn 9 against you by reason of your silence; or if you wanted to, 10 you could take the stand and testify in your own defense, do 11 you understand that? 12 THE DEFENDANT: Yes, your Honor. 13 THE COURT: Do you understand that if you wanted to, 14 and the Court and the government agreed, you could have a 15 trial before a judge, without a jury, in which event you would 16 have the same rights and the same burdens would be on the 17 government? 18 THE DEFENDANT: Yes, your Honor. 19 THE COURT: Do you understand that if your offer to 20 plead guilty is accepted, that you would give up those rights 21 with respect to these charges against you, and any right to 22 appeal with respect to any prior proceedings in this case, and 23 the Court would have the same power to impose sentence as it 24 would have if a jury brought in a verdict of guilty against 25 you? Do you understand that? SOUTHERN DISTRICT REPORTERS, P.C. 212-805-0300 15 0aklmohp PLEA 1 THE DEFENDANT: Yes, your Honor. 2 THE COURT: Do you understand that in connection with 3 your offer to plead guilty, I may ask you questions about the 4 offense to which you are pleading guilty, and that if you 5 answered these questions under oath, on the record, and in the 6 presence of your attorneys, if your answers are false, they 7 may be used against you later in a prosecution for perjury or 8 false statements? Do you understand that? 9 THE DEFENDANT: Yes, your Honor. 10 THE COURT: This plea is offered pursuant to the 11 provisions of Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Criminal 12 procedure (e)(1)(C), which provides, in pertinent part: 13 "The attorney for the government and the attorney for 14 the defendant may agree that upon the defendant's entering a 15 plea of guilty: (C) agree that a specific sentence or 16 sentencing range is the appropriate disposition of the 17 case. . . Such a plea agreement is binding on the Court once 18 it is accepted by the court." 19 And subparagraph 2 thereof says: 20 "The court may accept or reject the agreement, or may 21 defer its decision as to the acceptance or rejection until 22 there has been an opportunity to consider the presentence 23 report." 24 Do you understand that your plea agreement is made 25 pursuant to that provision, and it further provides if the SOUTHERN DISTRICT REPORTERS, P.C. 212-805-0300 16 0aklmohp PLEA 1 parties agree, pursuant to that provision, that it is an 2 appropriate disposition of this case that Ali Mohamed shall 3 not receive a sentence of less than the sum set forth in the 4 plea agreement? 5 MR. ROTH: May we approach for a second, your Honor? 6 THE COURT: Excuse me? 7 MR. EPSTEIN: May we approach for a second? 8 THE COURT: Yes. 9 (Continued on next page) 10 (Page 17 filed under seal) 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 SOUTHERN DISTRICT REPORTERS, P.C. 212-805-0300 18 0aklmohp PLEA 1 (In open court) 2 THE COURT: Mr. Mohamed, the agreement is that the 3 sentence shall be not less than a term of years set forth in 4 the plea agreement. Do you understand that? 5 THE DEFENDANT: Yes, your Honor. 6 THE COURT: And that if the Court should reject that 7 agreement, or impose a sentence of less than the terms set 8 forth in the agreement, then this entire plea agreement is 9 void, do you understand that? 10 THE DEFENDANT: Yes, your Honor. 11 MR. FITZGERALD: Excuse me, your Honor. Just one 12 correction, your Honor. I think the plea agreement will be 13 voidable by the government, but not void. 14 THE COURT: Voidable. 15 MR. FITZGERALD: Yes. Thank you, Judge. 16 THE COURT: Your offer is to plead guilty to five 17 counts charging you with conspiracy to kill nationals of the 18 United States, conspiracy to murder, kidnap and maim at places 19 outside of the United States, conspiracy to murder, conspiracy 20 to destroy buildings and property of the United States, and 21 conspiracy to destroy national-defense utilities of the United 22 States. 23 Do you understand that pursuant to the relevant 24 statutes, conviction on those five counts would subject you to 25 a total maximum sentence of incarceration of life imprisonment SOUTHERN DISTRICT REPORTERS, P.C. 212-805-0300 19 0aklmohp PLEA 1 plus any term of years. Do you understand that you would be 2 subject to that potential sentence? 3 THE DEFENDANT: Yes, your Honor. 4 THE COURT: Do you understand that in addition to 5 that, you would be subject to a term of supervised release of 6 five years on Counts One, Two, Three and Five and three years' 7 supervised release on Count Six? Do you understand that? 8 THE DEFENDANT: Yes, your Honor. 9 THE COURT: Do you understand that if you are 10 sentenced to a term of supervised release, if you violate the 11 terms and conditions of supervised release, you will be 12 subject to a further term of incarceration without credit for 13 time previously spent on supervised release? 14 THE DEFENDANT: Yes, your Honor. 15 THE COURT: Do you understand that you also will be 16 subject to a fine of the greatest of $250,000, twice the gross 17 pecuniary gain derived from the offense, or twice the gross 18 pecuniary loss as a result of the offense? 19 THE DEFENDANT: Yes, your Honor. 20 THE COURT: Do you understand you are also subject to 21 a mandatory $500 special assessment? You understand that? 22 THE DEFENDANT: Yes, your Honor. 23 THE COURT: And that the Court may at the time of 24 sentencing impose an obligation of restitution in an amount to 25 be determined by the Court, do you understand that? SOUTHERN DISTRICT REPORTERS, P.C. 212-805-0300 20 0aklmohp PLEA 1 THE DEFENDANT: Yes, your Honor. 2 THE COURT: Are there any other punishments, 3 penalties, sanctions to which the defendant will be subject as 4 to which he should be apprised at this time? 5 MR. FITZGERALD: No, Judge. 6 THE COURT: Do you understand that you will not be 7 able to withdraw your plea if it should come about that the 8 sentence actually imposed by the Court is higher than you 9 anticipated or higher than was estimated or predicted to you? 10 Do you understand that? 11 (Pause) 12 THE DEFENDANT: Yes, your Honor. 13 THE COURT: Have you been induced to offer to plead 14 guilty by reason of any fear, pressure, duress, force, 15 anything of that nature? 16 THE DEFENDANT: No, your honor. 17 THE COURT: Are you under the influence of any 18 substances such as alcohol, drugs or the like that might 19 affect your ability to understand what you are doing? 20 THE DEFENDANT: No, your Honor. 21 THE COURT: Then do I understand that you are 22 offering to plead guilty because you believe that you are 23 guilty? 24 THE DEFENDANT: Yes, your Honor. 25 THE COURT: All right. Mr. Kenneally, will you place SOUTHERN DISTRICT REPORTERS, P.C. 212-805-0300 21 0aklmohp PLEA 1 Mr. Mohamed under oath, please. 2 Is there some other form of oath that the defendant 3 would prefer? 4 MR. ROTH: We just asked him whether he wanted to 5 affirm, your Honor. 6 THE COURT: And his answer was? 7 THE DEFENDANT: Whatever. It does not matter. 8 (Defendant sworn) 9 THE COURT: What we're going to do now is I am going 10 to ask the government to state on the record what the elements 11 of the six counts are, what it is that the government must 12 prove beyond a reasonable doubt to the unanimous satisfaction 13 of 12 jurors to establish your guilt on those six counts, and 14 then I am going to ask you to tell me in your own words what 15 it is that you did that leads you to believe that you are 16 guilty of those counts. 17 So I would ask that the government now state the 18 elements of the six causes of action. 19 MR. FITZGERALD: Yes, Judge. It's Counts One, Two, 20 Three, Five and Six. 21 THE COURT: Yes. 22 MR. FITZGERALD: So that is actually five counts that 23 name defendant Mohamed in the indictment. 24 Count One charges a violation of Title 18, United 25 States Code, Section 2332(b), which is conspiracy to kill SOUTHERN DISTRICT REPORTERS, P.C. 212-805-0300 22 0aklmohp PLEA 1 nationals of the United States. The elements of the crime 2 that the government would be required to prove is that the 3 defendant engaged in conspiratorial conduct outside the United 4 States as part of a conspiracy to kill nationals of the United 5 States, and that, specifically charged in Count One, the four 6 goals of the conspiracy included murdering United States 7 nationals anywhere in the world, killing United States 8 nationals employed by the American military in Somalia and 9 Saudi Arabia, and, three, killing United States nationals 10 employed in embassies, and, four, concealment of the 11 conspiracy. 12 As to Count Two, which charges a violation of Title 13 18, United States Code, Section 956(a)(1), and 956(a)(2), a 14 conspiracy to murder, kidnap and maim in places outside the 15 United States, the government would be required to prove that 16 the defendant Mohamed, within the jurisdiction of the United 17 States, conspired with others who could be located anywhere to 18 commit an act that would be murder or maiming if carried out 19 within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of 20 the United States, and that any conspirator committed an act 21 within the United States in furtherance of that conspiracy, 22 and as specifically charged, that the indictment alleges four 23 objects: killing United States nationals employed by the 24 American military in Somalia and Saudi Arabia; two, killing 25 United States nationals at embassies overseas; three, killing SOUTHERN DISTRICT REPORTERS, P.C. 212-805-0300 23 0aklmohp PLEA 1 United States civilians anywhere in the world; and, four, 2 concealment. 3 Count Three charges a violation of Title 18, United 4 States Code, Section 1117, conspiracy to murder, and that 5 requires that the defendant and one or more other persons 6 conspired to violate Sections 1114 or 1116 and that an overt 7 act be carried out. Specifically, in this indictment it is 8 charged that the conspiracy sought to violate both 1114 and 9 1116. 10 The requirements for Section 1114 is that the goal be 11 to kill an officer or employee of the United States 12 Government, including members of the armed services, on 13 account of their duties, and Section 1116 requires that the 14 goal be to kill internationally protected persons. And 15 internationally protected persons are defined by statute to 16 include, among others, employed U.S. employees entitled to 17 special protection by law, which would include ambassadors 18 located in embassies overseas. 19 As specifically charged in the indictment, Count 20 Three alleges that the conspirators sought to kill United 21 States Government employees on account of their official 22 duties, including employees of the United States military in 23 Somalia and Saudi Arabia and employees located at embassies 24 and, secondly, sought to kill internationally protected 25 persons and, third, sought to conceal the conspiracy. SOUTHERN DISTRICT REPORTERS, P.C. 212-805-0300 24 0aklmohp PLEA 1 Count Five charges a conspiracy to destroy buildings 2 or property owned or leased by the United States Government, 3 in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 844(n), 4 and the conspiracy was to violate Title 18, United States 5 Code, Section 844(f)(1) and (f)(3). That would require the 6 government to prove that the conspiracy sought to damage or 7 destroy buildings or property owned or leased by the United 8 States Government, and that a means of that destruction was 9 through the use of fire and explosives. And for subsection 10 (f)(3), another goal that would need to be proven was that the 11 aim was to cause death. 12 As specifically charged in the indictment, Count Five 13 would require the government to show that the goals of the 14 conspiracy were to bomb United States embassies and kill 15 United States Government employees; secondly, to attack the 16 people and to harm the people within United States embassies 17 and other American facilities; third, to attack the United 18 States military facilities; and, fourth, to seek to cause 19 death by such conduct. 20 And finally, Count Six charges a violation of Title 21 18, United States Code, Section 2155, which is a conspiracy to 22 destroy national-defense utilities of the United States. That 23 would require the government to prove that the defendant was 24 part of a conspiracy to interfere with the national-defense 25 utilities of the United States by injuring or destroying such SOUTHERN DISTRICT REPORTERS, P.C. 212-805-0300 25 0aklmohp PLEA 1 utilities, and such national-defense utilities are defined to 2 include buildings or structures of the armed forces, and that 3 is to include buildings and structures in the American 4 military overseas. 5 In sum, all five counts will be proven by facts 6 indicating that there was a conspiracy to kill United States 7 nationals overseas, which included both United States 8 employees, United States military employees, civilians and 9 internationally protected persons; that Ali Mohamed joined 10 that conspiracy; that an overt act was carried out; that 11 conspiratorial conduct was carried out within the U.S.; that 12 conspiratorial conduct was carried out outside the United 13 States; that bombing was a method of the planned killing; and 14 that the targets included both military facilities and 15 personnel as well as buildings, including embassies which 16 housed internationally protected persons. 17 THE COURT: Thank you, Mr. Fitzgerald. 18 Now, Mr. Mohamed, would you tell us in your own words 19 what it is that you did and when and where you did it that 20 leads you to believe that you are guilty of each of those 21 charges. 22 THE DEFENDANT: Your Honor, in the early 1980s I 23 became involved with the Egyptian Islamic Jihad organization. 24 In the early 1990s, I was introduced to al Qaeda -- al Qaeda 25 is the organization headed by Usama bin Laden -- through my SOUTHERN DISTRICT REPORTERS, P.C. 212-805-0300 26 0aklmohp PLEA 1 involvement with the Egyptian Islamic Jihad. 2 In 1992, I conducted military and basic explosives 3 training for al Qaeda in Afghanistan. Among the people I 4 trained were Harun Fadhl and Abu Jihad. I also conducted 5 intelligence training for al Qaeda. I taught my trainees how 6 to create cell structures that could be used for operations. 7 In 1991, I helped transport Usama bin Laden from 8 Afghanistan to the Sudan. 9 When I engaged in these activities, and the others 10 that I am about to describe, I understood that I was working 11 with al Qaeda, Bin Laden, Abu Hafs, Abu Ubaidah, and that al 12 Qaeda had a shura council, which included Abu Hajer al Iraqui. 13 In the early 1990s, I assisted al Qaeda in creating a 14 presence in Nairobi, Kenya, and worked with several others on 15 this project. Abu Ubaidah was in charge of al Qaeda in 16 Nairobi until he drowned. Khalid al Fawwaz set up al Qaeda's 17 office in Nairobi. A car business was set up to create 18 income. Wadih el Hage created a charity organization that 19 would help provide al Qaeda members with identity documents. 20 I personally helped el Hage by making labels in his home in 21 Nairobi. I personally met Abu Ubaidah and Abu Hafs at Wadih's 22 house in Nairobi. 23 We used various code names to conceal our identities. 24 I used the name "Jeff"; el Hage used the name "Norman"; Ihab 25 used the name "Nawawi." SOUTHERN DISTRICT REPORTERS, P.C. 212-805-0300 27 0aklmohp PLEA 1 In late 1993, I was asked by bin Laden to conduct 2 surveillance of American, British, French, and Israeli targets 3 in Nairobi. Among the targets I did surveillance for was the 4 American Embassy in Nairobi, the United States AID Building in 5 Nairobi, the United States Agricultural Office in Nairobi, the 6 French Cultural Center, and French Embassy in Nairobi. These 7 targets were selected to retaliate against the United States 8 for its involvement in Somalia. I took pictures, drew 9 diagrams, and wrote a report. Khalid al Fawwaz paid for my 10 expenses and the photo enlarging equipment. He was in Nairobi 11 at this time. 12 I later went to Khartoum, where my surveillance files 13 and photographs were reviewed by Usama bin Laden, Abu Hafs, 14 Abu Ubaidah, and others. Bin Laden looked at the picture of 15 the American Embassy and pointed to where a truck could go as 16 a suicide bomber. 17 In 1994, Bin Laden sent me to Djibouti to do 18 surveillance on several facilities, including French military 19 bases and the American Embassy. 20 In 1994, after an attempt to assassinate Bin Laden, I 21 went to the Sudan in 1994 to train Bin Laden's bodyguards, 22 security detail. I trained those conducting the security of 23 the interior of his compound, and coordinated with the 24 Sudanese intelligence agents who were responsible for the 25 exterior security. SOUTHERN DISTRICT REPORTERS, P.C. 212-805-0300 28 0aklmohp PLEA 1 In 1994, while I was in Sudan, I did surveillance 2 training for al Qaeda. Ihab Ali, also known as Nawawi, was 3 one of the people I trained. Nawai was supposed to train 4 others. 5 In early 1990s, Zawihiri made two visits to the 6 United States, and he came to United States to help raise 7 funds for the Egyptian Islamic Jihad. I helped him to do 8 this. 9 I was aware of certain contacts between al Qaeda and 10 al Jihad organization, on one side, and Iran and Hezbollah on 11 the other side. I arranged security for a meeting in the 12 Sudan between Mughaniyah, Hezbollah's chief, and Bin Laden. 13 Hezbollah provided explosives training for al Qaeda 14 and al Jihad. Iran supplied Egyptian Jihad with weapons. 15 Iran also used Hezbolla to supply explosives that were 16 disguised to look like rocks. 17 In late 1994, I was in Nairobi. Abu Hafs met another 18 man and me in the back of Wadih el Hage's house. Abu Hafs 19 told me, along with someone else, to do surveillance for the 20 American, British, French and Israeli targets in Senegal in 21 West Africa. 22 At about this time, late 1994, I received a call from 23 an FBI agent who wanted to speak to me about the upcoming 24 trial of United States v. Abdel Rahman. I flew back to the 25 United States, spoke to the FBI, but didn't disclose SOUTHERN DISTRICT REPORTERS, P.C. 212-805-0300 29 0aklmohp PLEA 1 everything that I knew. 2 I reported on my meeting with the FBI to Abu Hafs and 3 was told not to return to Nairobi. 4 In 1995, I obtained a copy of the co-conspirator list 5 for the Abdel Rahman trial. I sent the list to el Hage in 6 Kenya, expecting that it would be forwarded to bin Laden in 7 Khartoum. 8 In 1996, I learned from el Hage that Abu Ubaidah had 9 drowned. 10 In 1998, I received a letter from Ihab Ali in early 11 January, 1998. The letter said that el Hage had been 12 interviewed by the FBI in Kenya, and gave me a contact number 13 for el Hage. I called the number and then called someone who 14 would pass the message to Fawwaz for bin Laden. 15 After the bombing in 1998, I made plans to go to 16 Egypt and later to Afghanistan to meet bin Laden. Before I 17 could leave, I was subpoenaed to testify before the grand jury 18 in the Southern District of New York. I testified, told some 19 lies, and was then arrested. 20 MR. ROTH: That concludes the statement, your Honor. 21 THE COURT: The overall objective of all of these 22 activities you described was, what? 23 THE DEFENDANT: Just to -- I was involved in the 24 Islamic Jihad organization, and the Islamic Jihad organization 25 has a very close link to al Qaeda, the organization, for bin SOUTHERN DISTRICT REPORTERS, P.C. 212-805-0300 30 0aklmohp PLEA 1 Laden. And the objective of all this, just to attack any 2 Western target in the Middle East, to force the government of 3 the Western countries just to pull out from the Middle East, 4 not interfere in the -- 5 THE COURT: And to achieve that objective, did the 6 conspiracy include killing nationals of the United States? 7 THE DEFENDANT: Yes, sir. Based on the marine 8 explosion in Beirut in 1984 and the American pull-out from 9 Beirut, they will be the same method, to force the United 10 States to pull out from Saudi Arabia. 11 THE COURT: And it included conspiracy to murder 12 persons who were involved in government agencies and embassies 13 overseas? 14 THE DEFENDANT: Yes, your Honor. 15 THE COURT: And to destroy buildings and properties 16 of the United States? 17 THE DEFENDANT: Yes, your Honor. 18 THE COURT: And to attack national-defense utilities? 19 THE DEFENDANT: Yes, your Honor. 20 THE COURT: Anything further by way of allocution the 21 government would request? 22 MR. FITZGERALD: No, Judge. 23 THE COURT: Mr. Roth, Mr. Epstein, do you know of any 24 valid legal defense that would prevail if the defendant went 25 to trial? SOUTHERN DISTRICT REPORTERS, P.C. 212-805-0300 31 0aklmohp PLEA 1 MR. EPSTEIN: No, your Honor. 2 THE COURT: And I take it that the pending motions 3 brought on your behalf are withdrawn. 4 MR. ROTH: That's correct, your Honor. 5 THE COURT: Mr. Mohamed, are you satisfied with the 6 representation you have received from your two attorneys? 7 THE DEFENDANT: Yes, your Honor. 8 THE COURT: Mr. Mohamed, have you signed and has your 9 counsel signed an acknowledgment of rights form? 10 THE DEFENDANT: Yes, your Honor. 11 THE COURT: The Court finds that there is a knowing, 12 voluntary plea of guilty which encompasses all of the elements 13 of the charges to which the defendant has offered to plead 14 guilty, and the plea is accepted. 15 The Court will defer until it sees a presentence 16 report whether it does or does not accept the recommendation 17 pursuant to Rule 11(e). 18 I take it that there is no application for bail or 19 for revision of the terms of bail. 20 The plea may be entered. We will set a sentencing 21 date of nine months from today as a control date. 22 MR. FITZGERALD: Your Honor, my understanding is it 23 is now required to advise the defendant pleading guilty that 24 he is waiving his right to an appeal. 25 THE COURT: Yes. Is that contained in the agreement? SOUTHERN DISTRICT REPORTERS, P.C. 212-805-0300 32 0aklmohp PLEA 1 MR. EPSTEIN: It's not in the agreement. 2 MR. FITZGERALD: I don't believe it is in the 3 agreement. I was advised there is recent case law that says 4 it should be allocuted to at the time of the plea. 5 THE COURT: Do you understand that as a consequence 6 of your offering to plead guilty, and the Court accepting that 7 plea, you waive the right to appeal with respect to any 8 proceedings heretofore had in this matter? 9 MR. EPSTEIN: Your Honor, it's our understanding that 10 he would be waiving any right to appeal relative to the plea 11 itself, but in terms of subsequent proceedings, there is 12 nothing in any agreement between the parties that would 13 preclude an appeal. 14 MR. FITZGERALD: That's correct, Judge. If there 15 were something done illegally with regard to his sentence in 16 the future, he is not waiving that, but he is waiving any past 17 proceedings. 18 THE COURT: I believe I did tell him that: if your 19 offer to plead guilty is accepted, you would give up all the 20 rights that you previously had and any right to appeal with 21 respect to any past proceedings in this case, and the court 22 would have the same power to impose sentence as it would have 23 if a jury returned a verdict of guilty. 24 Anything further? 25 MR. FITZGERALD: No, your Honor. SOUTHERN DISTRICT REPORTERS, P.C. 212-805-0300 33 0aklmohp PLEA 1 MR. ROTH: No, your Honor. 2 MR. EPSTEIN: No, your Honor. 3 - - - 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 SOUTHERN DISTRICT REPORTERS, P.C. 212-805-0300
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