Washington - A grand jury indicted a fugitive guerrilla leader operating in the Philippines and arrested his brother for allegedly providing munitions, money and equipment from his home in California, federal prosecutors said Friday.
The indictment charged Zulkifli Abdhir, 41, also known as 'Hulagu' and 'Marwan, with 'consipiracy to provide material support to terrorists.' In March of this year, the US State Department added him to its most-wanted list and offered 5-million-dollar reward for information leading to his arrest.
According to sources in Manila, Abdhir is a Malaysian member of the terrorist organization Jemaah Islamiyah who has reportedly been operating in Mindinao in the southern Philippines since 2003.
2003??? Ah try the mid-1990s. Duh.
On Thursday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested Abdhir's brother, Rahmat, 43, a US citizen living in San Jose, California.
According to the indictment, the brothers communicated with one another between the United States and Philippines, often in code to disguise the nature of their activities, as Zulkifli Abdhir engaged in battles with Philippine troops and evaded capture.
The indictment alleges Rahmat Abdhir shipped money and materiel to his brother in the Philippines using various aliases for the sender and the recipient. Between June 2006 and June 2007, Rahmat Abdhir allegedly shipped nearly 30 hand-held or two-way radios, as well as Colt .45 magazines, binoculars, a rifle scope and firearms manual, flashlights, batteries, and camouflage clothing to his brother.
The indictment also alleges that Rahmat Abdhir transferred money to the Philippines for purchases of items including firearms and ammunition. He sent more than 10,000 dollars between June 2006 and June 2007 to bank accounts his brother provided in the Philippines.
Here's a giant news flash for the sleepy folk in the press. All these groups, Abu Sayaaf, MILF, JI etc ALL work together, train together, and fight in each others areas of operation because they all believe in the same thing.