Alshdaifat too seeks the court's leniency. His lawyer writes, "The offense to which Mr. Alshdaifat is pleading guilty is substantially less serious and his conduct much less culpable than that of Mr. Khouli." Counsel for the defendant adds:
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Antiquities collector and businessman Joseph A. Lewis, II was also indicted as a co-defendant last year. His next court hearing is scheduled for January 3, 2013. The fourth co-defendant indicted, Ayman Ramadan, remains a fugitive. Both are presumed innocent unless the prosecution proves guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
UPDATE December 31, 2012
Court papers published on Friday reveal that Alshdaifat pled guilty on December 21 pursuant to an agreement with federal prosecutors. He pleaded to accessory after the fact to making a false official writing, a misdemeanor. The information filed by U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch charged the defendant with the following:
"In or about and between October 2008 and November 2009, both dates being approximate and inclusive, within the Eastern District of New York and elsewhere, the defendant SALEM ALSHDAIFAT, together with others, knowing that an offense against the United States had been committed, to wit: making and delivering as true a certificate or other writing containing a false statement, contrary to Title 18, United States Code, Section 1018, did knowingly and intentionally receive, relieve, comfort and assist the offender, to wit: Mousa Khouli, also known as "Morris Khouli," in order to hinder and prevent his apprehension, trial and punishment. (Title 18, United States Code, Sections 3 and 3551 et seq.)"
The court imposed a penalty of $1000 plus $10 special assessment.