NEWS in 1997
For immediate release Boston, Mass Issued by IslamicAssociation of Massachusetts June 11, 1998
(Boston) On June 10, 1998 in United States District Court in Boston defendant Riad Nachef, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Islamic Charitable Projects (A.I.C.P.) AKA AHBASH plead guilty to the federal charge of Conspiracy to commit Extortion as set forth in the original Grand Jury Indictment (18 U.S.C. 1951). Extortion is the obtaining the property of another with his consent induced by wrongful use of actual or threatened force, violence or fear. A.I.C.P. is an international organization headquartered in Lebanon with offices in Philadelphia.
Nachef guilty plea followed four days of trial, during which two of the victims of the extortion scheme testified that the president of A.I.C.P. AKA AHBASH in order to gain control of the Islamic center owned by The Islamic Association of Massachusetts ("IAM") in Everett, Massachusetts launched a violent attack at a private residence of the President of IAM.
According to the trial testimony, Nachef and Samir Kadi Executive Vice President of A.I.C.P. and others from AHBASH forced their way into the home (then located in Chelsea Massachusetts) on March 22, 1997, and proceeded to pistol whip and beat such President, Ahmad El-Arab and in addition to whip and beat one of its directors, Muhammad Al-Arab.
Nachef and eight others were arrested at the scene of the crime with blood still on their clothes and guns.
Following the guilty plea by Nachef, the remaining federal charges were dismissed as to the other seven defendants, who were present during the attack on the victims, However, the state charges that include assault and battery, home invasion, and other possible state charges are still pending against these eight men.