Place of Birth: Yemen;
Bilal Al-Rayanni is a Yemeni citizen living in Arkansas pleaded guilty in federal court to providing support and resources to the Al-Qaeda terrorist group.
He was living in Helena-West Helena, pleaded guilty to one count of providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.
Al-Rayanni, also known as Bilal Kassim Alawdi, was originally indicted on allegations of providing a false name while applying for a passport.
Later, a superseding indictment was filed alleging that Al-Rayanni had provided support and material to Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, also known as Ansar al-Shari’a.
Al-Rayanni told federal investigators that his father illegally purchased a U.S. visa from a man named “Kassim Alawdi” and used that name to obtain a passport for him in 1992 and to renew it in 2002, 2008 and 2019.
According to an indictment, Al-Rayanni traveled to Yemen for three months in 2014 and provided support and material to Al-Qaeda, knowing the group was engaged in terrorism.
Al-Rayanni faces up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
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