Two brothers from Plano, Texas, were charged with leaving the country to fight for ISIS and now their parents have admitted to covering for them.
Mohommad Hasnain Ali and Sumaiya Ali will be formally sentenced Thursday for covering up the whereabouts of their sons, Arman, 27, and Omar, 26.
They were charged in May, and pleaded guilty a month later to making a false statement regarding international terrorism.
Arman and Omar, whose current location is unknown, left Plano to fight for ISIS some time between October and December 2014, according to court documents against their parents.
The sons were hit with a sealed indictment in March, according to the Dallas Morning News, but haven’t been charged publically.
The brothers first went from Egypt to Turkey and finally Syria, where they’re alleged to have joined the terror cell.
Mohommad, 57, received an email from Arman in October 2014 that featured a link to an ISIS video shot in Libya, prosecutors charged.
Arman emailed his mother a month later with flight plans detailing how he and Omar planned to travel from Cairo, Egypt, to Istanbul, Turkey, court documents allege.
He kept Sumaiya, 49, updated on their ventures to Syria, prosecutors said, and she in turn kept Mohommad up to speed.
Federal officials charged the communications continued between Mohommad and his eldest son after he went to fight for ISIS.
Arman emailed with his father on March 10 and 11, 2015 to update him on the fighting.
“Things are heating up here, and I can’t guarantee me or (Omar) will be there in 2 months,” he wrote to Mohommad, according to the court documents.
Arman also asked his father not to tell Sumaiya that he’s been in the hospital every day with fellow ISIS soldiers.
“Close friends have died, too many injured,” he continued. “Me and (Omar) r perfectly fine right now, but soon we may not be.”
The FBI went to the couple’s Plano home on in early May 2015, court documents indicate, and asked Mohommad of his sons’ whereabouts.
Mohommad told investigators his sons were in Cairo, adding they were “peaceful, liked to study, and never indicated that they would be affiliated with any terrorist groups,” the documents charge.
He claimed several times there’s no way his sons would be in Syria, investigators said.
Sumaiya likewise described her sons as “very reserved,” having no luck making friends in Egypt.
Prosecutors said she emailed Omar in February 2014 to, “Do what you need to do.” To which her son replied, “Ok then going to Syria it is.”
Omar wrote to her several times after that, including in March 2015 when he said he wanted to join an “English speaking battalion.”
While Mohommad and Sumaiya each faced eight years in prison, they struck plea deals that a federal judge will decide on approving Thursday, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Mohommad would get 36 months probation, while Sumaiya would serve 18 months probation, according to the newspaper. Both will also be hit with a $5,000 fine, too.
The family patriarch declined to comment when reached by the Dallas Morning News at his Plano home.
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