Bakersfield man pleads guilty to terrorism charges

Bakersfield man pleads guilty to terrorism charges »Play Video
Amen Ahmed Ali (file photo)

FRESNO, Calif. -- A Bakersfield man has pleaded guilty for his role in an international terrorism case.

Authorities started investigating 60-year-old Amen Ahmed Ali in 2003 when a U.S. Customs officer found boxes addressed to Yemen that contained bullet proof vests, chemical protective suits and other military equipment.

Ali, also known as Ali Amin Alrowhani and Ameen Alrohany, has been in federal custody since 2006. He'll receive credit for 30 months already served as part of Thursday's plea agreement.

Ali pleaded guilty to conspiracy to act as an illegal agent of a foreign government, to possessing stolen government property and to unlawful export of defense materials, according to the Department of Justice. He faces a maximum sentence of five years, according to defense attorney David Torres.

According to the plea agreement, Ali admitted that beginning in about 1987 he conspired with others to act as an unregistered agent of the government of Yemen and that he received instructions and acted on behalf of the Armed Forces Department of the Republic of Yemen.

Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 24.