What Happens When A Son & A Bro are Allegedly Terrorists & The Father is A Interpreter For The FBI?

Wow. At first, it seems like a fictional Hollywood movie, but we Somalis made it happen. What else have we not done? Barkhad Abdi's next big Hollywood project.

Former FBI interpreter arrested for false statements and obstruction .

A Virginia man who worked as an FBI interpreter in counterterrorism cases, and whose sons were also investigated by U.S. authorities, has been arrested and charged with federal crimes, the Justice Department said in a statement on Monday.

Abdirizak Jaji Raghe Wehelie, 66, was arrested on Saturday on charges of making false statements and obstructing a federal probe as he disembarked from a flight into Dulles International Airport in Virginia, a law enforcement official said.

Wehelie worked under contract as an FBI linguist and translator between June 2012 and May 2015, court documents said.

While doing so, according to an unsealed superseding indictment, the FBI was conducting electronic surveillance of two people, identified only as Persons A and B, who were implicated in a counterterrorism investigation.

The indictment said Person B traveled to Somalia to join the Islamic militant group al Shabaab, and was listed on the FBI’s “Most Wanted Terrorist” list.

Nina Ginsberg, a lawyer for Wehelie, said his case was not related to national security or militants overseas.

Wehelie’s indictment alleged he made false statements to the FBI about phone contacts and in-person discussions he had with Person A, whom the FBI said had “conspired with” and “aided and abetted” Person B.

The Justice Department said Wehelie was scheduled to appear in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, later on Monday.

A law enforcement official said that one of Wehelie’s sons, Yusuf Abdirizak Wehelie, in July 2017 was jailed for 10 years after pleading guilty to felony firearms possession charges.

The plot thickens as @Basra would say. This idiot knew his brother and son were associated with terrorism but was caught red handed on another case with another Somali cabbie who was accused of terrorism.

A former FBI linguist allegedly obstructed a bureau investigation after he lied to officials when he heard a suspect in a terrorism investigation leave a message on his own voicemail.

Abdirizak Jaji Raghe Wehelie, 66, of Burke, Virginia, was arrested Saturday night when he arrived on a flight at Dulles International Airport just outside Washington, D.C. and is set to appear in a Virginia courtroom Monday.

Wehelie was charged with obstructing an investigation and making false statements to the FBI.

Prosecutors allege that in 2016, Wehelie was translating messages captured by court-ordered surveillance of a suspect's cell phone when he discovered one call was a message that the suspect left on Wehelie's voicemail. According to court records, Wehelie wrote the person on the call was an unidentified male, failing to note he was the actual recipient of the message.

When investigators pressed Wehelie about his connection, he initially denied it. However, investigators were able to connect the two men with each other as early as 2010. Wehelie eventually admitted he had known the suspect for years.

Law enforcement officials said the FBI was monitoring the calls as part of an investigation into a former Virginia cab driver who left the United States to join a terror group in Somalia. Liban Haji Mohamed was briefly on the FBI's list of most-wanted terrorists.

If convicted, Wehelie faces 25 years in prison.

This isn't the first time Wehelie’s family has been in the crosshairs of counterterrorism investigators. His son, Yusuf Wehelie, was sentenced to a decade behind bars after being caught in a sting operation moving guns for cash. Yusuf Wehelie's elder brother, Yahya Wehelie, was held in Egypt in 2010 on a trip back from Yemen and is on a "no fly" list.

This is the guy he denied knowing and fled to Alshabaab and was captured in Somalia. Was he returned to the United States?

Liban Haji Mohamed, a former Washington-area cab driver, had recently been placed on the FBI’s “Most Wanted Terrorists” list. (Courtesy of FBI)

Virginia cabbie on FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list detained in Somalia.

A Northern Virginia man who fled the United States more than two years ago and was recently placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list is in the custody of the Somali government, U.S. officials said.

Liban Haji Mohamed, 29, was detained shortly after prosecutors unsealed a warrant for his arrest and the FBI added him to the wanted list in late January. It is unclear how he was taken into custody or how soon he could be brought back to the United States.

The former cabdriver is charged with providing material support and resources to al-
Shabab, a U.S.-designated terrorist organization allied with al-Qaeda. He is suspected of having an operational role in al-Shabab and of trying to recruit people to join the group.

When FBI officials announced his inclusion on the most-wanted list, they said Mohamed was “an asset to his terrorist associates who might plot attacks on U.S. soil.” Officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation, noted that he had detailed knowledge of potential targets in Washington.

The FBI had offered $50,000 for information leading to his arrest and conviction and launched a significant online campaign to find him.

An attorney for Mohamed’s family was not immediately available for comment. The attorney, Gadeir Abbas, has said previously that the family is skeptical of the charges, noting that Mohamed has relatives who were killed or captured by al-Shabab.

Officials said efforts were being made to bring Mohamed back to Virginia, though there are significant logistical and diplomatic challenges. The United States does not have an extradition treaty with Somalia.

U.S. law enforcement had been attempting to track Mohamed, a naturalized U.S. citizen, before he slipped out of the country and into Mexico on July 12, 2012. The case had frustrated FBI agents who strongly believed Mohamed should have been charged with material support of terrorism while he was living in Fairfax County.

Thats why you should never lie in general let alone to the FBI. But in general don’t get involved in terrorism.
He did it for thousands of dollars but not surprised as many somalis in america lie about other somalis mainly for tribal revenge and monetary gains