On Jan. 11, 2012, U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey sentenced former officials of the Islamic American Relief Agency (IARA) for violating Iraq economic sanctions and illegally acting as an unregistered foreign agent. None of the men charged in the criminal case, first filed in 2007, were alleged to have provided support to terrorists. In addition, a former congressman and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations was sentenced to one year in prison for obstructing justice and acting as an unregistered foreign agent on behalf of IARA. IARA was shut down in October 2004 after being designated a terrorist entity by the Department of Treasury.
- Mubarak Hamed, the charity’s executive director, to four years and 10 months in prison for sending more than $1 million to Iraq in violations of U.S. sanctions.
- Former Michigan Rep. Mark Deli Siljander, to one year and a day in prison for obstruction of justice and acting as an unregistered foreign agent.
- Abdel Azim Elsiddig, a part-time charity fundraiser, to two years of probation for acting as an unregistered foreign agent.
- Ali Mohamed Bagegni, a charity board member, to six months of probation and 50 hours of community service for violating the Iraq sanctions law.
- Ahmad Mustafa, a charity fundraiser, to six months of probation and 50 hours of community service for his role in the sanctions violations.