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Charged With Hawala Money Laundering Al Zubaidi Is Detained With Father In Iraq Cited

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Feb 1 – For operating an informal money transmitting system known as a hawala, Mohanad Al-Zubaidi was arrested and detained on money laundering charges on February 1, 2024. Inner City Press was there.

  Al-Zubaidi was brought before  U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrate Judge Robert W. Lehrburger.

The prosecutor emphasized that his father is in Iraq and that a co-defendant, who he didn't name, has a plane ticket to Turkey.

  The just unsealed indictment names also Shaker Saleh Mohammed Hauter and Abdulkader Noori Hamza, neither in detention as of February 1 at 6 pm. 

  Judge Lehrburger cited these foreign ties, and that his children are not yet school age, as factor leading him to detain Al-Zubaidi.

  The case is US v. Al-Zubaidi, et al, 24-cr-51 (Castel / Lehrburger)


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