Syrian Born, Naturalized American Charged With Lying About Terror Ties After Mid East Trip

US Attorney's Office
US Attorney's Office

Syrian-born Mohamad Saeed Kodaimati stands accused of lying to federal officials upon return from over two years in Syria and Turkey. He claimed he had no involvement in any fighting, never fired his weapon at anyone, did not know any members of the Islamic terror group ISIL, never claimed to be involved with Al-Nusrah, and never worked in a Sharia court.

Kodaimati, 24, was arrested Wednesday in San Diego County for these court document-detailed false statements involving international terrorism made to FBI, Customs and Border Protection, and State Department officials during his return to the U.S.

Court documents point to conversations with associates and social media postings in which Kodaimati stated he was connected to a sharia court that dispenses Islamic justice, believes in the cause of Islamic State, and fought in a four month gun battle, reports the Los Angeles Times. He allegedly told an associate, “I am currently the media person for the Shari’ah Authority.”

Kodaimati became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2008, as detailed in the complaint and by San Diego 6 News. In 2012 he left the U.S. for the Middle East countries of Syria and Turkey, returning just three weeks ago, according to the federal judge who presided over Kodaimati’s hearing Thursday.

The accused terror associate is being held without bail and is slated for a Tuesday detention hearing in San Diego.

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