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Federal Agents Arrest Islamic Leader

September 9, 2002

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Federal agents with an anti-terrorism task force arrested an Islamic religious leader at the airport on charges of document fraud.

Sheik Mohamed Abdirahman Kariye, 40, was arrested Sunday on charges of unlawful use of a Social Security number and unlawful possession of a U.S. government document. He was jailed for a court appearance on Monday.

Prosecutors said Kariye used false information _ including an assumed name _ while applying for and receiving three different Social Security cards between 1983 and 1995 and using false information, including different birth years and names for his father, in applications for asylum and U.S. citizenship.

He is a clergyman at the Islamic Center of Portland-Masjed As-Saber, a mosque. Members of the mosque told The Oregonian that Kariye, a native of Somalia, had gone with his children to the Portland airport on Sunday to fly to the United Arab Emirates.

Talal Abdulkarim, a spokesman for the center, described Kariye as a highly respected member of Portland’s Muslim community and said he did not know why the Joint Terrorism Task Force had pursued him.

No terrorism charges were brought against him.

A woman at Kariye’s apartment in Portland had no comment and would not identify herself.

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