– ABDUL MAJEED AL-ZINDANI
Abdul Majeed al-Zindani was born in 1942 in Yemen. He spent his early college years in Egypt, where he failed to get a degree, and there he was influenced by the Islamic Movements and devoted his life to politics.
Abdul Majeed al-Zindani is described as “a charismatic Yemeni academic and politician”. He is the founder and head of the Imam University, head of al-Islah political movement in Yemen, and the founder of the Commission on Scientific Signs in the Quran and Sunnah, based in Saudi Arabia.
On 02/24/2004, the USA Treasury Department added Abdul Majeed al-Zindani to its list of “banned entities” as a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist”. The Department claimed it had credible evidence al-Zindani had a “long history of working with Osama Bin Laden and served as a contact for Ansar al-Islam in Iraq”.
On 02/03/2006 USA filed an official request to Yemen to extradite Abdul Majeed al-Zindani but the Yemeni authorities refused unless USA provided clear substantial evidence for al-Zindani involvement in financing terror.
In 2006, Abdul Majeed al-Zindani pressed charges against 21 newspapers and their editors in Yemen for printing the controversial Mohammad Cartoons, originally printed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-posten in 2005. On 11/25/2006, the first case against the newspaper ‘al-Rai al-Am’ closed with al-Zidani winning the case and the newspaper was sentenced to cease printing for 6 months and the editor Kamal al-Olufi was sentenced to one year of prison. Furthermore, Kamal al-Olufi was ordered to pay for the sentence to be printed in all major newspapers in the world.
Abdul Majeed al-Zindani was never arrested or charged for any terror-related crime.
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