Zainab Ahmad Biography
Zainab Ahmad is an American prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice who specializes in investigating and prosecuting terrorism. Ahmad also served as an Assistant United States Attorney of the Eastern District of New York until 2017. She successfully prosecuted several high-profile terrorism cases.
Ahmad was reassigned to the Special Counsel for the United States Department of Justice team in 2017.
Zainab Ahmad Age
Zainab was born in 1980 in New York City, New York, U.S. She is about 38 to 39 years old.
Zainab Ahmad Family
Ahmad was born to parents who had emigrated from Punjab, Pakistan. She grew up in suburban Nassau County, Long Island, with her father, Naeem Ahmad and stepmother. She also spent time living with her mother in Manhattan and spending summers in Pakistan and England.
Zainab Ahmad Husband
She was briefly married to a lawyer from Jordan and later divorced.
Zainab Ahmad Education
Ahmad at first planned to study hospital administration, majoring in health policy at the New York State College of Human Ecology at Cornell University. After the September 11n attacks, she changed course. She received her B.A. from Cornell in 2002 and then attended Columbia Law School receiving her J.D in 2005. Ahmad was a clerk for Judge Jack B. Weinstein of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and also for Judge Reena Raggi of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Zainab Ahmad Religion
She is a Muslim and she says that “the primary relevance of my ethnic background to the work I do is its irrelevance”, citing the rejection of terrorism by “the broader American-Muslim community”.’
Zainab Ahmad Career
She became a prosecutor for the United States Department of Justice in 2008, initially prosecuting gang activity in Brooklyn and Staten Island, but quickly moving to the prosecution of terrorists. Ahmad was appointed to the position of a deputy chief of the national security and cybercrime section in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York in April 2013. She prosecuted thirteen people charged with terrorism, winning every case between 2009 and 2017.
Among the people she prosecuted are:
- Alhassane Ould Mohamed, a Malian who murdered U.S. defense attaché William Bultemeier in Niamey, Niger, and later involved in numerous other attacks and crimes. Ould pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2016.
- Russell Defreitas and Abdul Kadir, conspirators in the 2007 John F. Kennedy International Airport attack plot, who were convicted and also sentenced to life imprisonment.
- Lawal Babafemi who was a Nigerian Al Qaeda recruiter extradited to the United States. He pleaded guilty in 2014 and was sentenced to 22 years in prison in 2015.
- Faruq Khalil Muhammad ‘Isa, a Canadian national affiliated with ISIS charged with murdering five U.S. servicemen in a 2009 suicide bombing attack in Iraq. Khalil is awaiting trial .
Ahmad took a leave from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in E.D.N.Y to work at Justice Department headquarters (“Main Justice”). This was at the request of Attorney General Loretta Lynch, dealing with transnational organized crime and international affairs. In April 2017, she returned to the E.D.N.Y. remaining there until July 2017.
Zainab Ahmad Mueller
She was selected by special counsel Robert Mueller to join the Special Counsel for the United States Department of Justice team assembled to probe Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections and related matters. She was also one of the team members responsible for handling the case against Michael Flynn. She appeared in court on behalf of the Special Counsel for Flynn’s plea bargain.
Zainab Ahmad Net Worth
Ahmad receives a good amount of money from her law career and having been in the industry for quite some time, She is believed to have amassed some good wealth. Neither her exact net worth nor the estimate is revealed.