When this first case went public, the Muslim mechanic tried to claim that he sabotaged an American Airlines flight was about a contract dispute.
And then the ISIS videos came out.
An American Airlines mechanic accused of disabling a navigation system on a flight scheduled to take off from Miami International Airport appeared in federal court Wednesday morning, at which time he was denied bond.
According to federal prosecutors, Islamic State group propaganda video showing graphic murders was discovered on Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani’s cellphone.
A co-worker also told government officials that Alani had once said his brother was a member of ISIS and that he traveled to Iraq in March to visit him.
Authorities said at least one of the ISIS propaganda videos was downloaded on Alani’s phone and sent to another person with a message that called for Allah to “use all your might and power against the Kafir,” or non-believer.
So of course he got a slap on the wrist.
An American Airlines mechanic accused of sabotaging a navigation system on a Miami flight with 150 passengers aboard pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempting to destroy the aircraft in a plea agreement designed to avoid a maximum sentence up to 20 years in prison.
“I do admit the guilt,” Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani, 60, said through an Arabic interpreter in Miami federal court.
Alani, a veteran AA employee who had lived in California and commuted to his job at Miami International Airport, now faces up to three years in prison under a joint recommendation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and his defense lawyer. His sentencing is set for March 4.
1. AA hired a mechanic who needs an Arab translator to function in court.
This goes beyond Press 2. This is utterly insane. Aside from the sabotage, this guy was working on aircraft with a marginal knowledge of the English language.
2. Up to 3 years. Possibly yes. For an alleged ISIS supporter who sabotaged a plane.
At his detention hearing in September after his arrest, federal prosecutors suggested that Alani may have possible links to a Middle East terrorist group, but that allegation never came up at his plea hearing before U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke.
If only Alani had been a Trump associate, then maybe federal prosecutors would have done their job.