St. Louis Palestinian Immigrant Indicted for Massing Arms
A St. Louis Palestinain immigrant who was massing and negotiating for an arsenal of weapons for “war” was indicted on Friday.
KC the Kat sent the latest news on the St. Louis Palestinian immigrant who was massing an arsenal for “war” from the St. Louis Post Dispatch:
A St. Charles man accused of buying automatic weapons and a Claymore mine and bargaining for grenades was indicted this week on four federal machine gun charges.
Mousa M. Abuelawi, 22, of Franjoe Court, was originally arrested Dec. 29 and charged with three counts of illegal possession or distribution of a machine gun and conspiracy to violate machine gun statutes.
During November and December, Abuelawi bought two M-16s, a Heckler & Koch MP-5 fully automatic submachine gun and a Claymore mine from a government informer, not knowing they had been rigged not to work.
He also negotiated to buy a box of 30 grenades and said he wanted any guns the informer could get, “big or small.” The grenades were never delivered.
Thaer Abde Sumad, who is named in a FBI affidavit, talks to a reporter in early February. The FBI says Thaer Abde Sumad met with Mousa Abuelawi and a government informer to negotiate the purchase of fully automatic weapons and explosives including grenades and anti-personnel mines.
(Huy Richard Mach/P-D)
Abuelawi says his arrest was a case of Islamophobia. He believes that officials were targeting him because of his name… not because of the grenades he was trying to buy:
Sumad suggested that he and Abuelawi attracted special attention because of the sound of their names and their Arab ethnicity.
Abuelawi’s lawyers have said he is a Palestinian immigrant.
Sumad is of Palestinian descent but was born in Indiana and raised in St. Louis, he said.
The FBI thinks it’s a “terrorist thing,” Sumad said, “especially after 9/11. They’re trying to make it bigger than what it is.” Sumad said Abuelawi was “trying to make a few extra bucks.”
…On Nov. 29, the informer offered Abuelawi a chance to buy 30 hand grenades for $15,000, or $500 per grenade. Abuelawi haggled the price down to $400 per grenade and asked the informer to get him more M-16s and some AK-47 assault rifles.
Abuelawi wanted four grenades immediately but the informer had only pictures.