Of the five suspected Islamic terrorists apprehended at a New Mexico compound at the start of the month plotting terror attacks and training abused children to be school shooters, three were released from custody Wednesday after a local judge dismissed child neglect charges against them.
In defense of his ruling, Judge Emilio Chavez argued that “prosecutors [had] missed a 10-day limit for an evidentiary hearing to establish probable cause for the neglect charges,” according to the AP.
Child neglect charges were also dropped against lead suspect Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and his partner, Jany Leveille. Charges against the two filed last Friday in regard to the kidnapping and death of Wahhaj’s son still remain. Wahjaj is himself the son of Siraj Wahhaj, a Brooklyn imam who was named a co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombings that left six dead and 1,000+ injured.
All five were arrested Aug. 3 after authorities conducted a raid on a compound in New Mexico as part of an investigation into the whereabouts of Wahhaj’s son, Abdul-ghani Wahhaj, 3. Besides finding the five suspects at the compound, authorities also discovered 11 hungry children living in filthy conditions.
Authorities also found the remains of a child who’s since been identified as Wahhaj’s son. It’s believed he was killed when Wahhaj and his partner performed a fatal exorcism on him to rid him of his seizure symptoms, which they believed were signs of demonic possession.
What made Chavez’s stunning so shocking to many was that prosecutors had just recently shared evidence in court that the five may have been planning a terror attack. The evidence included a document found at the compound titled, “Phrases of a Terrorist Attack,” that listed detailed instructions on how to plan and execute a terror attack.
The document listed “instructions for ‘The one-time terrorist,’ instructions on the use of a ‘choke point,’ a location ‘called the ideal attack site,’ the ‘ability to defend the safe haven,’ the ‘ability to escape-perimeter rings,’ and ‘sniper position detection procedure,’” according to a court filing by prosecutors.
The five had reportedly been planning to target Atlanta’s Grady Hospital.
The evidence submitted by prosecutors also included quotes from the abused children about the other three suspects, including Wahhaj’s sisters, Hujrah Wahhaj and Subhannah Wahhaj, and a fifth individual identified only as Lucas Morten.
Some of the children reportedly told authorities that Morten had “stated he wished to die in Jihad, as a martyr,” prosecutors revealed in their motion. “At times, Jany Leveille would laugh and joke about dying in Jihad as would Subhanna Wahhaj.”
Prosecutors also cited a letter from Morton to Wahhaj’s brother urging him to follow Allah “until he makes you die a martyr as you wanted and the only way is by joining the righteous.”
That people so sinister were essentially let off the hook scot-free did not sit well with the denizens of Twitter, including outspoken Hollywood actor James Woods:
This is so stunning, it’s beyond reason. https://t.co/Ssyl55js4B
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) August 29, 2018
ABSOLUTE INSANITY… THIS IS WHY AMERICANS DIE BY TERROR. WTF!
— QuestoItaliano (@QuestoItaliano) August 30, 2018
WTH!?!?! Seriously this is sick and ridiculous!!! These extremists have got to be stopped!! ???
Judge dismisses all charges against 3 ‘extremist Muslim’ New Mexico compound suspects https://t.co/xemtims0ee #FoxNews
— April_romanreigns24wwe (@April_Showers24) August 29, 2018
Pretty soon this level of corruption and insanity will need to be dealt with. Our society is in dire need of consequences.
— ?30yrOl’Boomer? (@30yrol) August 30, 2018
A true miscarriage of justice! https://t.co/1pFwk7dAdy
— Gina Howey (@gina_howey) August 30, 2018
So today a judge dismissed all charges against Muslim terrorists who were training kids to shoot up schools yet Paul Manafort faces 80 years in prison as part of a witch hunt for charges relating to “tax fraud”.
Yea. Makes perfect f**king sense to me. https://t.co/qJXbe2Tyo8
— Rebekah Worsham ?? (@RebekahWorsham) August 29, 2018
Despite everyone’s clear-cut anger over Chavez’s ruling, a number of people argued that thanks to New Mexico’s laws, he had no choice in the matter.
The judge had no choice. The DA’s office showed complete incompetence and missed evidentiary deadlines. Thankfully, the judge said they can recharge these monsters. Hopefully they don’t disappear before the prosecutors can pull their heads out of their asses!
— Jenn Sparandeo (@r_rmommy) August 30, 2018
It is inconceivable that the prosecution had better things to do than meet the 10 day deadline, so my question is, who was paid or coerced to let this happen? Somebody somewhere needs to drop through a trapdoor with a necktie on for this. #Unbelievable #NotInMyAmerica
— Kate & Mollie & How Many More? (@DiscardedVirtue) August 30, 2018
I read the article & its horseshit that the prosecutors office didn’t do their jobs to prevent these assholes from walking free!
— Hitman (@AmericasHitman) August 30, 2018
There is a 10 day rule there. The prosecutor failed to bring evidence for probable cause, actually any evidence, before the judge within the time the law requires. It was a huge failure of the DA.
— Jenn Sparandeo (@r_rmommy) August 30, 2018
The Associated Press notes that prosecutors “could still seek charges” against the three who were let go, though it cautioned that they have yet to signal that they intend to do as such.
Meanwhile, as the rest of the country fretted over the judge’s ruling, CNN was busy documenting the difficult life faced by terrorists:
Apparently they changed the insane headline to this story: https://t.co/GKPgWQzjxl . More accurately, what it was like to murderer a preschooler, starve 11 kids while training them to carry out school shootings and Atlanta area terror attacks. https://t.co/PHm2efYE0p
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) August 30, 2018
This is CNN.
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