Muslim convert who helped Taliban back in US court

December 20, 2006 17:29


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A Muslim convert from Seattle convicted of helping the Taliban was back in federal court for violating the terms of his probation, authorities said. James Ujaama was arrested over the weekend in the Central American nation of Belize, Justice Department spokesman Bryan Sierra said. Under the terms of Ujaama's plea agreement, he was to surrender his passport after serving two years in prison and is not allowed to travel internationally during his three-year probation without written permission from the U.S. attorney's office in Seattle, where he was convicted in 2003. Carrying a Mexican passport with the name "Ramirez Ramirez," Ujaama arrived in Belize "about 10 days ago," Belize police spokesman G. Michael Reid told The Seattle Times newspaper. Ujaama, 41, fought with officers before being arrested outside a Belize mosque, and one officer was treated for minor injuries, Reid said.

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