A man employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a translator, who also has a son who was convicted of terrorism gun for cash, was arrested Saturday after authorities realized he lied about his link to a suspected terrorist.
Where does the FBI find these people? Are they actively searching for people with ties to terrorist nations and religion?
Oh yeah, and he was free on bond after appearing in court.
Fox News reported:
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.
The Washington Examiner added:
According to the criminal indictment unsealed on Monday, “Person A was suspected of having conspired with and aided and abetted Person B, who traveled to Somalia to join al-Shabaab,” a terrorist organization with links to al Qaeda that has killed hundreds of people in terrorist attacks.
The Justice Department said “Person B” was on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist list. The individual is believed to be Liban Haji Mohamed.
Wehelie allegedly “told the FBI agents that he did not know Person A very well,” but the Justice Department revealed that there were “179 unique telephone contacts” between the two of them between July 2010 and September 2017, and Wehelie was spotted at Person A’s store and cafe at least three different times. In July 2017, Wehelie finally “admitted that he and Person A’s father were very close and that he has known Person A since Person A was young” and that “Person A regarded Wehelie as an uncle.”
Wehelie is charged with entering false translations into the FBI’s system, lying to investigators during questioning, and obstructing a federal investigation.
Assistant U.S. Attorney James Gillis, with help from the Justice Department’s National Security Division, will prosecute the case.
This is not the first time that Wehelie’s family has been the subject of a terrorism-related controversy. Wehelie worked as a contractor for the FBI for a number of years despite his son Yusuf and his daughter Yahya finding themselves on the no-fly list after trips abroad in 2010.
Yusuf Wehelie was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2017 on felony weapons charges. Investigators said he had allegedly made “dangerous statements” to undercover agents about the Islamic State, including that he “would like to join the group abroad” and “would love to jihad.”
Seriously, these are the people the FBI hires?