Iranian refugee who lived in Freeport fought, died for ISIS

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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Newly released court documents revealed Tuesday that a man who lived in Freeport became radicalized in Maine, and fought and died for ISIS in January 2015.

An affidavit from a Maine State Police detective, who was working for an FBI task force, states that Adnan Fazeli came to Maine in 2009 through Portland Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigration Services. However, Catholic Charities spokesperson Judy Katzel said that Fazeli was originally supposed to come to Portland through a different refugee group, but was diverted to Philadelphia. She said Fazeli then made his way to Maine.

Katzel said Catholic Charities hired Fazeli in January 2009 as an "on-call interpreter." She said he was one person in a pool of 30-40 interpreters. He stopped working there in October 2009.

The affidavit includes information from four anonymous informants who knew Fazeli. The accounts describe how Fazeli became radicalized in the United States: he became "more interested in religion, and frequently spent hours at a time watching Islamic videos on YouTube." The informants also said Fazeli converted from Shia to "Sunni Islam, grew a beard, and started wearing pants shorter at the ankles."

Two of them told the investigator that Fazeli was killed by the Lebanese army in an attack in the country of Lebanon in January 2015. Investigators also received an e-mail from one of the informants containing a Lebanese newspaper 

According to the documents, Fazeli left southern Maine, flying from Boston to Turkey on August 13, 2013. He had booked a return trip, but records show he never boarded that return flight.

The investigation also revealed the Fazeli transferred $14,500 in cash into the business account where he was employed in Portland, Dubai Auto. He then used the company's debit card to purchase the tickets to Turkey, according to the documents.

Investigators monitored Fazeli's known Facebook and e-mail accounts.

According to University of Southern Maine spokesperson Bob Stein, Fazeli attended USM in 2009 and 2010 as a computer science major.

Copyright 2016 WCSH


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