Ex-congressman being sentenced in terror fund case

By the Associated Press | January 11, 2012 | 2:10 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former Michigan congressman accused of accepting stolen funds on behalf of a Missouri charity with alleged terrorism ties is among five men being sentenced in the case.

Mubarak Hamed was the first of former Rep. Mark Deli Siljander's four co-defendants to appear Wednesday in federal court in Kansas City. He received a nearly five-year prison sentence.

Hamed is the former executive director of the Columbia-based Islamic American Relief Agency. Prosecutors say he and another man hired Siljander to lobby for the group's removal from the government's list of charities suspected of funding international terrorism.

Hamed pleaded guilty in June 2010 to illegally conspiring to transfer more than $1 million to Iraq and obstructing the administration of laws governing tax-exempt charities.

Siljander is set to appear in court later Wednesday.