An American accused of domestic terrorism and 12-year fugitive has been apprehended and returned to the US to face federal criminal charges in three states, it was announced Friday.
The Department of Justice said in a statement that Joseph Mahmoud Dibee, 50, of Seattle, Washington "an accused domestic terrorist and 12-year fugitive, has been apprehended and returned to the United States to face federal criminal charges in Oregon, California and Washington State."
It indicated that Dibee is charged in the District of Oregon with "one count of conspiracy to commit arson, one count of conspiracy to commit arson and destruction of an energy facility, and one count of arson."
He also faces "one count each of conspiracy to commit arson, possession of an unregistered firearm, and possession of a destructive device in furtherance of a crime of violence in the Western District of Washington."
Dibee also faces "one count each of conspiracy to commit arson, arson of a government building, and possession of a destructive device in furtherance of a crime of violence in the Eastern District of California."
According to court documents, "federal authorities learned Dibee was traveling through Central America on his way to Russia with a planned stop in Cuba."
It noted that the FBI arranged for Cuban authorities to detain Dibee before he boarded a plane bound for Russia, and return him to the US. He fled the United States in December 2005.
In 2006, a federal grand jury in Oregon indicted Dibee and 11 coconspirators, known as "The Family," as part of "Operation BACKFIRE," which is "a long-running FBI domestic terrorism investigation."
The Department of Justice indicated that one fugitive remains at large from Operation BACKFIRE, identified as Josephine Sunshine Overaker, an American citizen who fled to Europe in late 2001.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK