Al Qaeda leader may stand trial again for financing Islamist terrorism while in jail

According to evidence compiled by High Court Judge Ismael Moreno, Imad Eddin Barakat, the convicted leader of a Spanish Al Qaeda cell, did not stop financing Islamic terrorism even after he was imprisoned in November of 2001. Barakat is a Syrian-born Spanish citizen who is currently serving a 12-year sentence for being a member of a terrorist organization, but may stand trial again over alleged payments while he was in prison, which investigators claim went to finance terrorist projects. Judge Moreno claims that Barakat, along with two others, used relatives to an owned real estate firm of its assets, cashing checks worth 2.4 million EUR; Moreno argues that some of that money ended up in the hands of terrorist groups.