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United States v. Sattar

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
272 F. Supp. 2d 348 (2003)


Facts

The Islamic Group (IG) was an international terrorist group that opposed any government or institution that did not share a radical interpretation of Islamic law. IG considered the United States to be an infidel and used force and violence against the United States. The IG was involved in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and other plots against the United States. The Secretary of State designated the IG as a foreign terrorist organization. The leader of the IG in the United States was Sheikh Abdel Rahman, who was in prison for these crimes. Lynne Stewart (defendant) was Rahman’s attorney. Mohammed Yousry (defendant) acted as an interpreter for Rahman and Stewart. Ahmed Abdel Sattar (defendant) and Yassir Al-Sirri (defendant) were active IG leaders who communicated with Rahman through Stewart and Yousry. Sattar and Al-Sirri passed messages to other IG leaders by arranging and participating in three-way phone calls. The federal government (plaintiff) charged the defendants with providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Sattar and Stewart filed a motion to dismiss, arguing that the statute was unconstitutionally vague.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Koeltl, J.)

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