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05-24-2016, 08:44 AM

Bronx Man Arrested On Terror Charges, Feds Say
May 24, 2016 11:36 AM


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Agents with the Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested a Bronx man Tuesday on terror charges, the FBI said.

Sajmir Alimehmeti faces charges of providing material support to a terrorist organization.

Click here to read the complaint against Alimehmeti (.pdf) link

Alimehmeti, 22, was arrested early Tuesday morning at his home on Knox Place.

According to the complaint, Alimehmeti was also known as Abdul Qawii and wanted to travel to Syria to train and fight with ISIS. Alimehmeti also fraudulently sought to get a new passport, prosecutors said.

Alimehmeti tried going to England twice in 2014 and was stopped at the border both times, authorities said. The first time he was stopped he was found with camouflage pants and shirts and nunchucks in his luggage. The second time, authorities searched his computer and cell phone and found it contained numerous images of ISIS flags and IED attacks, according to the complaint.

After turning him away from the border and sending him back to the U.S., U.K. officials gave the FBI copies of what they found on his electronic devices, which included a picture of him in front of an ISIS flag, as well as several recordings by Anwar Al-Awlaki, a prominent Al Qaeda operative who was killed in 2011.

Alimehmeti allegedly told an undercover operative that he’d been using encrypted apps to communicate and, if his messages had been decrypted, he “would be done.”

Alimehmeti allegedly bought several knives, gloves with metal knuckles, a mask and other military and survival-type gear, prosecutors said.

The Bobster
05-24-2016, 11:27 AM

22-year-old Bronx man arrested for trying to join ISIS in Syria
By Kaja Whitehouse, Jamie Schram and Sophia Rosenbaum
May 24, 2016 | 12:13pm

A picture seized from Sajmir Alimehmeti's computer.

Who needs Jane Fonda when you have Jihadi John!

A Bronx man facing federal terrorism charges used ISIS decapitation videos to keep himself “motivated” while he was working out, according to a criminal complaint.

Sajmir Alimehmeti, 22, was arrested Tuesday morning at his Bronx home by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force on charges of providing material support to ISIS and passport fraud.

Federal investigators allege Alimehmeti has spent the past two years trying to get to Raqqa, which he called the “heart” of ISIS’s operation, in hopes of joining the terror group, according to court documents.

The first time he was stopped was on his way through the United Kingdom on Oct. 24, 2014, when authorities at Manchester Airport found nunchucks and camouflage clothing in his bag, according to the complaint.

Just two months later, he again attempted to get to the Middle East, but didn’t make it past British authorities, who sent him back to the US after they allegedly found photos of ISIS flags and explosive devices on his cellphone and laptop.

Two of the photos showed Alimehmeti dressed in “Middle Eastern attire” and pointing his index finger to the sky, “a sign used to reflect support” for ISIS.

A year after he was denied entry to Syria, he applied for a new passport, claiming he lost his, but authorities charged that he lied about losing the document. Instead, they accused him of trying to replace his current passport because it had two rejection stamps from the UK.

During that time, he also tried to help two undercover agents travel to the Middle East to join ISIS.

He told one of the agents he had already saved $2,500 to travel overseas to join the terrorist group himself, but needed to get a new passport under a different name because he was already “in the system.”

“I’m ready to f–king go with you man,” he said. “You know I would … I’m done with this place.”

While at his Bronx apartment with one of the agents, he played two ISIS-produced videos — including one that showed the barbaric militants beheading prisoners — and said they helped him keep up his pace while he worked up a sweat.

At the time, Alimehmeti mentioned that he had a “plan” with his brother to travel to Syria. But that scheme was foiled when his brother was arrested on weapons and assault charges in Albania last August.

Investigators also found that Alimehmeti had been building up a small arsenal of weapons over the last year from an online store, including a stash of knifes, a reversible face mask, a set of Smith & Wesson handcuffs and gloves with steel knuckles.

His arrest comes after the joint task force, which includes FBI agents and NYPD detectives, rounded up more than six people who were slapped with similar charges in the last year.

The Bobster
02-22-2018, 07:49 AM

Wannabe terrorist pleads guilty to providing support to ISIS
By Priscilla DeGregory
February 21, 2018 | 7:31pm

A wannabe terrorist who used Islamic state beheading videos to keep himself “motivated” while working out has pleaded guilty to terrorism charges, prosecutors announced on Wednesday.

Sajmir Alimehmeti, 24, of The Bronx, admitted to charges of providing material support to ISIS and committing passport fraud in order to facilitate an act of international terrorism, for which he faces up to 45 years in federal prison at his sentencing.

In 2014, Alimehmeti twice tried to travel to Syria through the UK to join the terror organization but his plans were foiled with officials finding camouflage clothing and nunchucks in his luggage on one occasion, according to prosecutors.

Then in 2016, Alimehmeti tried to help a man travel to Syria to join the terror group but that man turned out to be an undercover agent — which ultimately got him arrested.

Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey Berman said, “Sajmir Alimehmeti took steps to travel overseas to support ISIS’s terror campaign. He also bought military-type weapons and assisted another to get travel documents, equipment, and encryption technology to fight with ISIS in Syria.”

While in federal custody, Alimehmeti was also caught sharing materials from Chelsea bomber Ahmad Rahimi’s case as a form of jailhouse propaganda. The pair have since been split up from each other in the federal lockup.