Informant takes stand in Filipino terrorist case

By Balitang America, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Sept. 3, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – The confidential informant, who turned in to authorities Filipino college student Ralph Deleon and three others suspected of terrorism, has taken the stand.

During his testimony, Mohammad Hammad said that he would travel with Deleon and former co-defendant turned witnesses Arifeen David Gojali and Miguel Santana, to Islamic conventions in San Diego and Las Vegas.

He claimed Deleon took charge in planning the Middle East trip, where they would meet with Sohiel Omar Kabir in Afghanistan to join Al-Qaeda.

Hammad was believed to have met the three men at a local mosque. After serving three and a half years in prison on drug charges, he became a paid informant who had assisted the FBI in similar cases since 2007.

Kabir and Deleon each face a series of terrorism related charges, which include conspiring to harm Americans.

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