U.S. revokes citizenship of Portland mosque’s (Somali) imam


Mohamed Sheikh Abdirahman Kariye, the former imam of Portland’s largest mosque, arrived in Somaliland this weekend, and the United States has revoked his citizenship. The government had arranged for Kariye, who is on the government’s ‘no fly list,’’ to travel back to his homeland after reaching a settlement agreement with him in January.

The U.S. government has revoked the U.S. citizenship of the former imam of Portland’s largest mosque after he arrived in Somaliland last week.

Mohamed Sheikh Abdirahman Kariye is on the government’s no-fly list, but the government arranged for him to travel back to his homeland after reaching a settlement with Kariye in January.

Under the deal, Kariye agreed not to challenge an order revoking his citizenship and acknowledged having provided false information to immigration officials in July 1997 when he had applied for U.S. naturalization.

The settlement appeared to be briefly in jeopardy Monday morning, when Kariye’s lawyers asked to rescind it after learning that Kariye had been detained during a stopover at the Dubai airport.

Kariye, 57, boarded a flight last Wednesday from Seattle for a 14-hour flight to Dubai and a planned flight four days later to Somaliland.


He arrived in Dubai as scheduled, according to court records, but soon sent his Oregon-based lawyers a text from the airport that read, “some thing is wrong.’’

Kariye was detained and interrogated for seven hours in the Dubai airport by United Arab Emirates officials and questioned about the “Portland Seven,’’ the As-Saber Mosque in Southwest Portland and others who may have attended services there, according to his lawyers. He wasn’t allowed to contact his attorneys during the questioning and all his personal belongings were seized, according to his lawyers, Philip Smith and Nicole Nelson.

In October, federal government lawyers told a federal appeals court that Kariye was placed on the no-fly list based on his history as a "mujahedeen fighter in Afghanistan against the Russians,'' as well as his expressed support for "violent jihad'' in conversations recorded between a cooperating informant and two members of the Portland Seven. They were a group of American Muslims from the Portland area who were prosecuted and convicted of trying to join al-Qaida forces in their fight against the United States military and coalition forces in Afghanistan.

The U.S. sought to strip Kariye of his U.S. citizenship because he "provided false information and both willfully misrepresented and concealed material facts’' when applying for naturalization to the United States.

During the process, the FBI informed U.S. Justice Department attorneys that Kariye had coordinated with Osama bin Laden and other known terrorist leaders and was associated with terrorist organizations including Makhtab Al-Khidamat, or MAK, a designated terrorist organization and pre-cursor to al-Qaida.

"The parties agreed denaturalization was appropriate, following which Kariye agreed to depart the United States,'' said Kevin Sonoff, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Kariye ultimately was able to fly to Hargeisa, Somaliland. He arrived last Friday.

His lawyers alleged the questioning in Dubai amounted to a “breach’’ by the government.

"It is inconceivable that UAE officials would have interrogated Defendant about the Portland Seven and activities at the As-Saber Mosque in Portland without having received information directly from'' the government, Smith wrote to the court.

Kariye’s lawyers urged the court either to compel the government to explain why Kariye was detained Dubai or allow him to renounce his U.S. citizenship, instead of having it revoked, and withdraw his admission that he had lied previously to U.S. immigration officials when he obtained his naturalization certificate.

In a brief hearing before U.S. District Judge Robert E. Jones, attorney Christopher W. Hollis of the U.S. Department of Justice said by phone that he had no communication with the United Arab Emirates about Kariye.

Kariye’s lawyer said Hollis could have been kept in the dark, but the U.S. government still could have communicated with the United Arab Emirates about their client. Smith noted that the government had three months of advance notice of Kariye’s scheduled flight and itinerary.

"Plaintiff had a responsibility to not simply be silent but to inform the UAE that he is coming through and it is OK for him to fly,'' Smith argued.

Jones denied Kariye’s motion. The judge ordered the settlement to stand and signed an order revoking Kariye’s U.S. citizenship.

The judge said it was "unfortunate'' that Kariye was interrogated in Dubai, but that didn’t negate the settlement agreement. Jones said it appeared that the United Arab Emirates’ interrogation of Kariye was "done unilaterally'' and that the "U.S. government played no role.''

When Kariye had first sought citizenship, he had lied on his application to federal immigration officials about not being arrested in the past, failing to acknowledge a 1993 arrest in Pakistan, according to court documents.

Under the settlement, Kariye is forever prevented from claiming any rights or benefits under any document that shows he had obtained U.S. citizenship on Aug. 14, 1998.

He’s also been ordered to complete a form abandoning any lawful resident status in the United States and must send his U.S. passport by DHL Express to the government lawyer, no later than five days after his arrival in Somaliland.

The revocation of Kariye’s U.S. citizenship falls at the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Calls to the Islamic Center of Portland were not returned on Monday

https://www.hiiraan.com/news4/2019/May/163651/u_s_revokes_citizenship_of_portland_mosque_s_imam.aspx
 
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very good ,about time to cleanse. they go as a penniless refugee and shid on the faces of those who feed thm. they not only tarnishing the somali image but destroying the lives of somali refugees trying to make ends meet.
the best part is he will be jailed in a muslim country for spouting such nonesenical radical views.
he already tasted his own medicine in Dubai airport. welcome to your muslim brothers dummy.
 
very good ,about time to cleanse. they go as a penniless refugee and shid on the faces of those who feed thm. they not only tarnishing the somali image but destroying the lives of somali refugees trying to make ends meet.
the best part is he will be jailed or killed in a muslim country for spouting such nonesenical radical views.
he already tasted his own medicine in Dubai airport. welcome to your muslim brothers dummy.
@roble

He's coming home to Hargeisa. Maybe, he's already there. Watch your back mate.

"Mohamed Sheikh Abdirahman Kariye, the former imam of Portland’s largest mosque, arrived in Somaliland this weekend, and the United States has revoked his citizenship. The government had arranged for Kariye, who is on the government’s ‘no fly list,’’ to travel back to his homeland after reaching a settlement agreement with him in January.
 

Aaegal

I have no proof, only whispers
During the process, the FBI informed U.S. Justice Department attorneys that Kariye had coordinated with Osama bin Laden and other known terrorist leaders and was associated with terrorist organizations including Makhtab Al-Khidamat, or MAK, a designated terrorist organization and pre-cursor to al-Qaida.
Why seek deportation over imprisonment? Are these just claims or provable facts?
 

Aaegal

I have no proof, only whispers
deportation is better for him.
For him yes but if he was in coordination with terrorist/terror groups, doesn't that also make him a terrorist? I would have indicted him. Now he goes back to Somalia so he can radicalize people there?
 

Gibiin-Udug

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@AussieHustler watch your back, I know you lied to the Australian government about your age, qabiil and name.

That's why you avoid Somalis because you created a whole new life. Smh

 
For him yes but if he was in coordination with terrorist/terror groups, doesn't that also make him a terrorist? I would have indicted him. Now he goes back to Somalia so he can radicalize people there?
that make sense, maybe they know he radical enough and just wana get rid of him.
 
@AussieHustler watch your back, I know you lied to the Australian government about your age, qabiil and name.

That's why you avoid Somalis because you created a whole new life. Smh

@Reiko

Uushshsh

I claimed that I was married to you and you were tortured and your flesh fed to lions & our 4 kids forced into Alshabaab.

Jokes aside, this is a great way of clearing the deck from Islamists. If they hate the “kafirs” and love Shariah Laws, deport them where there are no “kafirs” and Shariah is practiced. Their dream comes true. I wonder if @Lolalola will take that kind of an offer?
 
For him yes but if he was in coordination with terrorist/terror groups, doesn't that also make him a terrorist? I would have indicted him. Now he goes back to Somalia so he can radicalize people there?
@Aaegal

He’s a menace, so they don’t want him living in the country because he’s a hardened jihadist who took part in the afghan-mujahideen war against the Russians. All they have on him was allegedly telling the Portland 7 (terrorists jailed) that it’s ok to fight against the Americans in Afghanistan. The Americans put him on the No flight list. But he appealed and they found out that he was previously arrested in Pakistan and omitted from his application for citizenship. That became the grounds for the annulment. The old guy seems that his wishes to travel has been granted. If he joins Alshabaab (which I highly doubt because of the assassination of Ibrahim Afghani by Alshabaab) or Islamic State in Galgala, either way, he will be smoked out by an American hellfire missile. Most probably, he will move to Burco and join the father of the Somali Jihadi ideology sheikh Ali Warsame to brainwash the youth.
 
@Aaegal

He’s a menace, so they don’t want him living in the country because he’s a hardened jihadist who took part in the afghan-mujahideen war against the Russians. All they have on him was allegedly telling the Portland 7 (terrorists jailed) that it’s ok to fight against the Americans in Afghanistan. The Americans put him on the No flight list. But he appealed and they found out that he was previously arrested in Pakistan and omitted from his application for citizenship. That became the grounds for the annulment. The old guy seems that his wishes to travel has been granted. If he joins Alshabaab (which I highly doubt because of the assassination of Ibrahim Afghani by Alshabaab) or Islamic State in Galgala, either way, he will be smoked out by an American hellfire missile. Most probably, he will move to Burco and join the father of the Somali Jihadi ideology sheikh Ali Warsame to brainwash the youth.
they all ran away from Burao too, might be in mogadishu.
 

Basra

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Let Them Eat Cake
VIP
My take on this whole bru ha ha, is that Two Muslim nations collaborated to bring this man down. UAE & Pakistan. (motives are of course: How can a Somali hold a US PASSPORT??))


In fact, the American government is very kind and comes out as noble and decent in this story.



If indeed he is guilty of supporting Jihaadi interest, then this is an appropriate action. Both party wins.

America feels safe. And the Esteemed religious man is home where he will be buried in his home land.
 
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Ilhan also lied on her citizenship application. Maybe Trump's administration is building a very strong case on her. The first congresswoman to be deported? Hahahaha, that would be the joke of the century.
 
:pacspit:

Never mention me ever again, apostate.
@Lolalola

Touchy Sxb? How come? Don't you want to be honest to your extreme beliefs and support this shaykh that you share similar values with him? You hate "kafirs", would like "apostates" in Somalia beheaded, women wearing niqabs and would also like to live under Shariah Laws. Is living among the "Kufars" too good to refuse? Defend your values and support your Shaykh,
 
My take on this whole bru ha ha, is that Two Muslim nations collaborated to bring this man down. UAE & Pakistan. (motives are of course: How can a Somali hold a US PASSPORT??))


In fact, the American government is very kind and comes out as noble and decent in this story.



If indeed he is guilty of supporting Jihaadi interest, then this is an appropriate action. Both party wins.

America feels safe. And the Esteemed religious man is home where he will be buried in his home land.
@Basra

If he is a jihadist aka terrorist, how could he be an “esteemed religious man” at the same time? He could join Alshabaab leadership like other shaykhs from the West did like Ibrahim Afghani from the U.S, Shangoole from Sweden and Mu’min from Sweden/Britain and continue wrecking Somalis in Somalia with suicide bombings?
 

Basra

LOVE wins over HATE
Let Them Eat Cake
VIP
@Basra

If he is a jihadist aka terrorist, how could he be an “esteemed religious man” at the same time? He could join Alshabaab leadership like other shaykhs from the West did like Ibrahim Afghani from the U.S, Shangoole from Sweden and Mu’min from Sweden/Britain and continue wrecking Somalis in Somalia with suicide bombings?

Aussie


Do u seriously, in your own mind, believe this frail old man can do damage???? He is lucky if he can maintain an erection. (toobah)
 
Aussie


Do u seriously, in your own mind, believe this frail old man can do damage???? He is lucky if he can maintain an erection. (toobah)
@Basra

Eeddo, you’re obsessed with older men and their erection. Buy your hubby viagra.

He was the imam of the biggest mosque in Portland and Alshabaab will need him for fatwas and religious propaganda in brainwashing teenagers to commit suicide bombings. He also speaks good English and imagine his potential to reach and convince English speaking diaspora young Somalis and non-Somali jihadists to come to Somalia and kill Somalis!!
 

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