U.S. Muslim Brotherhood Figure Indicted For Naturalization Fraud


The Investigative Project is reporting that Yaser Bushnaq, a former president of the Islamic Association for Palestine(IAP), has been indicted in Virginia for naturalization fraud. According to the report:

In applying to become a U.S. citizen in 2000, Bushnaq is accused of failing to disclose his affiliations with a series of organizations that the indictment links to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. The indictment clearly defines the IAP as “an overt arm of the covert organization known as the Muslim Brotherhood.” In addition, it alleges that when Bushnaq applied to become a citizen he failed to disclose:

He was the IAP’s president from 1989-1991.

That he worked under the pseudonym Yaser Saleh.

He was a board of trustees member for the Al Aqsa Education Fund, “an organization that sought to raise funds for Hamas.”

He was an authorized signatory for the Marzook Legal Fund, established in 1996 to support Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzook after his arrest by U.S. authorities.

The indictment claims he also failed to disclose a 1996 trip to Iran, which had been subject to U.S. sanctions as a state sponsor of terrorism the year before. And, the indictment alleges, Bushnaq did not tell immigration officials he spent most of 1998 living and working in Saudi Arabia. That extended absence from the United States “would have disqualified the defendant from obtaining naturalization because he no longer would have been a valid legal permanent resident.”…A grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia indicted Bushnaq Sept. 12 but it was not unsealed until Tuesday. Bushnaq remains at large and his whereabouts may be unknown. In a motion dated January 10, Assistant U.S. Attorney Gordon Kromberg wrote that unsealing the indictment would not jeopardize any ongoing investigation.

Bushnaq has an extensive history of involvement with the U.S Muslim Brotherhood including attending the “Beirut Meeting” in January 2001 which included Hamas and Hezbollah as well as other members of the U.S. Brotherhood, being named an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Terrorism financing case, and heading a “civil-rights” organization known as Solidarity International that had ties to the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR, another U.S. Brotherhood organization.

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