Bassem Khafagi

Overview

  • Former community affairs director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations
  • Founder of the Islamic Assembly of North America
  • Pled guilty in court to two counts of bank fraud and one count of visa fraud in 2003
  • Funneled money to activities supporting terrorism and published material advocating suicide attacks against the U.S.

The former community affairs director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Bassem Khafagi was arrested in January 2003 on suspicion of aiding terrorists. Khafagi is also the founder of the Islamic Assembly of North America (IANA), a radical, Ann Arbor, Michigan-based organization. He pled guilty in a Detroit federal court to two counts of bank fraud and one count of visa fraud. Khafagi also agreed to be deported to Egypt after he had funneled money to activities supporting terrorism and had published material advocating suicide attacks against the U.S. — transgressions which he committed while he was employed by CAIR.

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