Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has promised to help the Bangladeshi Foreign Minister get an official from a prominent Muslim-American group expatriated, according to the Bangladeshi press.
The official in question is Ashrafuzzaman Khan, a former secretary-general of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA). Khan was formally charged in October 2012 with being the “chief executioner” in at least 18 gruesome political assassinations in 1971. He currently resides in New York and says he never belonged to the Al-Badar death squad responsible for the murders, but three eyewitnesses differ.
A 1991 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood memo identifies ICNA as one of its fronts. The group is a derivative of Jamaat-e-Islami, a Pakistani Islamist group that the secular Bangladeshi government is cracking down on. The Islamist group was recently barred from participating in elections in Bangladesh because of their refusal to accept Bangladesh’s constitution.
The Investigative Project on Terrorism discovered that Khan remains listed as a "Shura member" of ICNA-NY’s executive board. At the time of Clarion’s last article on the topic, the website of the North American Imams Federation listed Khan as its president and the director of its New York regional office. Its current website no longer names the group’s leadership.
During the “Ground Zero Mosque” controversy, Senator Reid’s stance was that the Islamic center/mosque should be not built near the site of America’s largest terrorist attack. However, Reid opposed Rep. Peter King’s hearings on homegrown Islamist radicalism, claiming they “demonize law-abiding American Muslims.”
Ryan Mauro is the ClarionProject.org’s National Security Analyst, a fellow with the Clarion Project and is frequently interviewed on Fox News.