Mohamed Fathy Sulayman biography: 13 things about ex-University of Florida student

Mohamed Fathy Suliman (©Alachua County Jail)

Mohamed Fathy Suliman (©Alachua County Jail)

Mohamed Fathy Sulayman is a citizen of the United States. His name is also spelled as Mohamed Fathy Suliman.

Sulayman has resided both inside and outside the U.S. and outside the U.S. He has resided in Florida, USA majority of his life.

Among the countries Sulayman has visited are Djibouti, Egypt, India, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He was born in Washington, D.C., USA. (a)
  2. He is a former resident of Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida. (a)
  3. From 2005 to 2006, he attended the University of Florida in Gainesville where he studied food science and human nutrition. (b)
  4. He has three traffic violations in Alachua County namely cutting across traffic to avoid a control device in 2006, failure to obey a traffic control device in 2008 and a speeding ticket in 2009. (b)
  5. In 2009, he attempted to enter Somalia. He was detained after being accused of being a foreign fighter entering the country to join al-Shabaab, a foreign terrorist organization (FTO) operating in the country. (a)
  6. Between February 2009 and June 2014, he sought to support violent jihad by traveling to areas of conflict in an effort to provide material support to terrorist organizations. From May 2009 through October 2012, his email had around 36 attachments that contained audio files that consisted of messages calling for jihad, justifications for jihad, rewards for those who participate in jihad and martyrdom and that encouraged fighting against the crusaders, non-Muslims and those that insult the Prophet Muhammad. (a)
  7. On August 16 and 17, 2011, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents interviewed him at the U.S. Consulate Office in Istanbul, Turkey after his attempt to fly from Turkey to New York, USA. He told the agents that he had some mental health issues, particularly a bipolar disorder. He also said that in July 2009, he stopped taking his medication, traveled to Somalia through Dubai, UAE and bought tickets on a regional carrier which took him to Djibouti then to Mogadishu, Somalia. (a)
  8. With a one-way flight reservation from Orlando, Florida to Alexandria, Egypt, he arrived in Istanbul on June 12, 2014. Instead of traveling on to Egypt, he paid cash for a one-way airline ticket to the Turkish-Syrian border town of Gaziantep, Turkey. (a)
  9. On June 14, 2014, Turkish authorities arrested him for illegally crossing into Syria from Turkey. He was fined $2,000 Turkish Liras and deported from Turkey to Sudan on June 19, 2014. On June 30, 2014, he created a second Facebook account with a Gmail account. On July 8, 2014, he accessed the Facebook account in Sudan. (a)
  10. In August 2014 and in December 2014, his Facebook account displayed an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) profile photo featuring the black flag, which is the symbol of the ISIS, a designated FTO. (a)
  11. On October 23, 2018, FBI special agent R. David Collins interviewed him in Sudan. He said he created a Facebook account with an email account he had used at a university in Florida. Collins filed a criminal complaint against him, which was signed by U.S. Magistrate Judge Gary R. Jones on September 11, 2020. According to the complaint, he was in India and had not returned to the U.S. since he left in June 2014. (a)
  12. At the age of 33, he was booked into the Alachua County Jail at 1:30 a.m. on January 31, 2021. He was expelled from a foreign country and returned to the U.S. by the FBI for prosecution, the U.S. Department of Justice announced on February 1, 2021. He was charged with attempting to provide material support, including personnel (himself) and services, to the ISIS. (c)
  13. His initial court appearance was held at the Gainesville federal courthouse for the Northern District of Florida was at 2:00 p.m. on February 1, 2021. He is expected to attend his preliminary and detention hearings in federal court in Gainesville at 2:00 p.m. on February 8, 2021. (c)

(This is a developing story. More details will be added.)


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