The two were charged with plotting to place explosive devices at the Herald Square subway station near Madison Square Garden in New York before the Republican National Convention. Government evidence included hours of secretly recorded conversations between Siraj and Osama Eldawoody, an Egyptian nuclear engineer who became a paid informant for the New York Police Department's intelligence division, and who testified against Elshafay and Siraj. Siraj, a Pakistan national, was convicted and sentenced to 30 years in prison. Elshafay, a US citizen, pleaded guilty and received a reduced sentence for testifying against Siraj.
Yassin Araf and Mohmmad Hossein – August 2004
Federal agents and local police raided the Masjid As-Salam mosque in Albany, N.Y., and charged Araf, a Kurdish refugee, and Hossein, the Bangladesh-born founder of the mosque, with plotting to buy a shoulder-fired grenade launcher to assassinate a Pakistani diplomat in New York. The charges stemmed from an FBI sting operation, in which an informant solicited the two men to help him carry out the "assassination." Aref and Hossain were found guilty of money laundering and conspiracy to conceal material support for terrorism and later sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Lodi case – June 2005