WKU Public Radio News Staff
Sentencing Date Changed
Fri March 2, 2012
Sentencing Rescheduled for Iraqi Man who Pleaded Guilty to Terrorism Charges
The Associated Press is reporting that sentencing for Waad Ramadan Alwan has been moved from April 3rd to October 2nd. US District Judge Thomas B. Russell ordered the new date after prosecutors and defense attorneys requested a delay. In December, Alwan pleaded guilty to 23 terrorism-related charges. He is one of two Iraqi nationals who were arrested in Bowling Green, Kentucky in May of 2011.
Waad Ramadan Alwan and 24 year old Mohanad Shareef Hammadi were indicted last year on federal terrorism charges. The two men were living in Bowling Green at the time of their arrests. Federal authorities say the men had been trying to send money, explosives, and weapons to a group they believed to be Al Qaida in Iraq.
Hammadi is scheduled to face trial on July 30th. In addition to charges that he tried to funnel weapons and cash to Al-Qaida, he has been charged with perjury in connection with statements he allegedly made to get into the United States as a refugee.