Abdirizak Jaji Raghe Wehelie

Charged: December 06, 2017
Affiliation
Shabab
State
Virginia
District
Eastern District of Virginia
Sting
No
Involves Informant
No
Charges
  • Obstruction of justice
  • Making false statements
FISA Notification
No
Awaiting Trial
Details
Abdirizak Jaji Raghe Wehelie
  • Age
    66
  • Gender
    Male
  • Race
    Black
Abdirizak Jaji Raghe Wehelie -- whose son Yusuf Abdirizak Wehelie expressed support for ISIS during a separate federal investigation of a firearms case -- was an FBI contractor who translated recordings and documents from 2012 to 2015. He was tasked with translating a call in 2012 involving a man allegedly connected to Shabab. In the call, the man under investigation was talking to Wehelie. Instead of identifying himself in the transcript for the FBI, Wehelie listed himself as "unidentified male." Wehelie later told the FBI he didn't know the person well -- but an investigation uncovered that the two had nearly 180 phone contacts from 2010 to 2017.