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The Imam and the Forty Thieves… from Bank Robber to Jihadist

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On August 29, 2012 @ 7:14 pm In The Point | 4 Comments

Like a lot of Muslim convert Jihadis, Imam Abu Taubah is one of the most colorful terrorist characters around. Formerly known as Marcus Dwayne Robertson, he was a leader of a Muslim gang of Brooklyn bank robbers known as the Forty Thieves.

Now, via Jihad Watch, there’s more on the Imam of the Forty Thieves.

New court documents show a central Florida Imam is suspected of being involved in a travel network to send people overseas to commit violent jihad or holy war.

He’s a former prayer leader of the Masjid Al-Ihsaan mosque in East Orange County. Federal agents said the Imam is really convicted felon Marcus Dwayne Robertson.

According to documents, during a recorded call, Jimenez told a confidential government source that Robertson told him “it was permissible or obligatory to kill members of the armed forces, specifically generals” and that Robertson showed him what a general’s stars look like.

Jimenez also was recorded saying Robertson told him suicide bombings were “permissible,” according to documents.

And here’s a little more background on the Imam and the Forty Thieves.

The “Forty Thieves” robbed more than 10 banks, private homes, and post offices at gun point, and members shot three police officers, attacking one officer after he was shot with an improvised explosive device constructed from PVC.


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