Three Iraqi refugee immigrants have been arrested this week in Virginia after police investigated their records and found terror ties to a kidnapping and murder that happened in Iraq, prior to the three immigrants seeking refuge in the US.
Yousif Al Mashhadani, Adil Hasan and Enas Ibrahim became legal U.S. residents, and have been living in the U.S. since 2008. When applying for residency the three lied about their ties to an alleged terrorist in Iraq – which would have disqualified them from living in the United States.
All three had ties to Majid Al Mashhadani – a terrorist who has been accused of having a roll in the kidnapping of a US contractor Roy Hallums, who was only freed after a raid in 2005.
The Washington Post reports further:
Yousif Al Mashhadani, Adil Hasan and Enas Ibrahim became legal U.S. residents, and have been living in the U.S. since 2008. Mashhadani and Hasan are brothers; Ibrahim is Hasan’s wife. All three live in Fairfax County, Va.
When they applied to become lawful permanent U.S. residents, none of them acknowledged a relationship to Majid Al Mashhadani, an alleged kidnapper who is Yousif Al Mashhadani and Hasan’s brother, an affidavit from FBI agent Sean MacDougal said.
In November 2004, U.S. contractor Roy Hallums was kidnapped in Iraq and kept in an underground bunker with other captives. They were freed in a raid in September 2005. Majid Al Mashhadani was detained in Iraq in connection with the kidnapping, and admitted a role in the incident to FBI agents, according to the affidavit.
Yousif Al Mashhadani, Hasan and Ibrahim eventually toldFBI agents, prosecutors say, that they left Majid Al Mashhadani off their family trees because they did not want to hurt their chances of being admitted as refugees.
In addition, Yousif Al Mashhadani’s fingerprints, which were taken as part of his citizenship application, matched those on a document found in the underground bunker where the hostages were kept in 2004.
Hasan and his wife allegedly stopped using the last name “Al Mashhadani” to obscure the connection.