Thursday, November 24, 2022

Westland man accused of helping terrorist groups

Aws Mohammed Naser
A Westland man is accused of attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, also know as ISIS, a designated foreign terrorist organization.

In a federal indictment unsealed last week, Aws Mohammed Naser, 34, was charged with the federal offense which, if convicted, carries a 20 year prison term. Naser is also accused of being a felon in possession of a destructive device, an offense which carries a 15-year prison term upon conviction. 

“Terrorism poses significant threats to people living in our district and around the world,” United States Attorney Dawn Ison said. “We will aggressively investigate and prosecute anyone who seeks to aid terrorists.”

Federal officials said Naser tried to provide support to ISIS in the form of personnel, including himself, and services between 2011 and October 2017, knowing that ISIS was a designated terrorist organization.

The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force is investigating the case.

Naser, whose Department of Corrections file shows he has several aliases, was convicted of armed robbery in 2013 in Oakland County and sentenced the next year to between three and 20 years, and assigned to the Carson City correctional facility.

A news report from 2013 said Nasar used pepper spray on a gas station clerk and robbed him on New Year's Day. According to the report, it was a Mobil station on Opdyke Road where he once worked. There were no serious injuries.

The Justice Department offered few details about Naser or the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Saima Mohsin is prosecuting the case, with assistance from Dmitriy Slavin of the national security division counterterrorism section.