SUSPECTS' ALIASES

Here are the aliases used by three Inland Empire men formally indicted Wednesday on terrorism-related charges by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Ralph Kenneth Deleon:

aka "Ralph De Leon,"
aka "Rafiq Abdul Raheem,"
aka "Ya Seen,"
aka "Ya Sin,"

Miguel Alejandro Vidriales Santana:

aka "Miguel Santana,"
aka "Muhammad Khalid
Mikaeel Khattab,"

Arifeen David Gojali:

aka "Arifeen Ghazali,"
aka "Arifeen Ghozali,"
aka "Arifeendavud Gojali,"

doug.saunders@inlandnewspapers.com

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Documents: Federal indictment | FBI press release | Criminal complaint


Three Inland Empire men were formally indicted Wednesday on terrorism-related charges in federal court in Riverside by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The men are accused of trying to join the terrorist organization al'Qaida and plotting to kill Americans overseas.

The indictment charges Ralph Deleon, 23, of Ontario, Miguel Alejandro Santana Vidriales, 21, of Upland and Arifeen David Gojali, 21, of Riverside with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists.

The indictment also says that the three men are facing additional charges of conspiring to kill American citizens outside of the United States and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction outside of the country.


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If convicted, they each could face up to 15 years in prison.

FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said the agency would not make a statement on the indictment.

"Now that the prosecution is under way, the FBI is going to decline comment and let the indictment speak for itself," Eimiller said.

U.S. Attorney's Office officials have also refused comment on the case.

The men had allegedly plotted for months to join al-Qaida in Afghanistan and planned to carry out terrorist acts on government facilities and kill members of the armed forces overseas, according to a criminal complaint filed by the FBI in mid-November.

Deleon, Santana and Gojali had hoped to join another man - Sohiel Omar Kabir, 34, of Pomona - who had already traveled to Afghanistan and was arranging contacts with the terrorist organization.

Kabir, a native of Afghanistan, served in the Air Force from 2000 to 2001.

He was arrested Nov. 16 in Afghanistan by the FBI and Army Special Forces.

David Bowdich, FBI special agent in charge of the counterterrorism division, said the men did not appear to have local targets.

"We'd never allow it to get to that point," Bowdich said in a news conference last week at FBI headquarters in Los Angeles. "We were on them for quite a while. The agents and detectives did a tremendous job in this case."

The case, which is a continuous investigation by the Joint Terrorism Task Force in Riverside, will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California.

Authorities are waiting for the fourth member of this alleged plot to be formally indicted as well, U.S. Attorney spokesman Thom Mrozek said.


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