Terrorist seeks appeal in U.S. Supreme Court


One of three Toledo men incarcerated after being found guilty of terrorism-related charges has filed a request to appeal his case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mohammad Amawi, who is serving a 20-year prison term, filed the request Jan. 11. This week, the Supreme Court gave notice that it has received the request but has not yet decided if it will hear the appeal.

Amawi and co-defendants Marwan El-Hindi and Wassim Mazloum were convicted by a federal jury in June, 2008, on two counts each of conspiring to kill or injure people, including U.S. military personnel, in the Middle East and of providing material support and resources to terrorists overseas. Amawi and El-Hindi also were found guilty of two counts of distributing information related to explosives.

In August, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the criminal convictions and sentences by affirming Judge James Carr’s “opinions and judgments.” The appellate court refused to reconsider the case in October.

The men were sentenced in October, 2009. El-Hindi was ordered to spend 13½ years in prison and Mazloum was sentenced to eight years and four months in prison.