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Tammy Dickinson

Al-Qaida Fund Donor Sentenced In Kansas City

Oct 7, 2013

A Kansas City man who sympathized with Al-Qaida enough to send financial support has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison.

Stockily built in an orange jail uniform, Khalid Ouazzani grew weak-kneed standing before Judge Howard Sachs and was briefly supported by a deputy U.S. Marshall.

Ouazzani had sent the U.S. District Judge an eight page typed letter of apology, professing self-disgust, saying he is not anti-American.

Dan Verbeck / KCUR

In an almost unprecedented public airing, the chief  federal prosecutors for both Missouri and Kansas have warned about outcomes they expect if law enforcement budget cuts continue into the next fiscal year.

Tammy Dickinson for the Western District of Missouri, which includes Kansas City, said job furloughs and tightened budgets will hamper the fight against crime.

Dickinson said a little realized consequence is that reducing staff will actually cut federal income, because fewer staff won’t be able to try cases that bring in multi-millions of dollars.