After the state and local prosecutors dropped the ball on the five jihadists from the New Mexico compound, federal authorities swooped in and arrested the five on federal charges. The five were arrested for violating federal firearms and conspiracy laws.
The charges against the five were dropped after prosecutors failed to be them to the court within 10 days as required by law. Since the prosecutors had to be aware of the law, one has to wonder whether it was intentional or just really stupid. The five who were arrested are Jany Leveille, 35, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40, Hujrah Wahhaj, 37, Subhanah Wahhaj, 35, and Lucas Morton, 40.
After a prosecutor’s error forced New Mexico Judge Emilio Chavez to dismiss charges against three of the five “extremist Muslim” suspects earlier this week, FBI officials on Friday confirmed that all five have been re-arrested on a whole set of new charges.
The five suspects have been charged with violating federal firearms and conspiracy laws, Fox News reported.
Three of the five suspects – Lucas Morton, Subhannah Wahhaj and Hujrah Wahhaj – were released on Wednesday after Judge Chavez dismissed child abuse charges based on prosecutors’ violation of the “10-day-rule,” a time frame during which an evidentiary hearing to establish probable cause must be held.
“For whatever reason, the state did not obtain a preliminary hearing date within 10 days,” Morton public defender Aleksandar Kostich said, according to the Washington Post. “It’s absolutely bizarre.”
When police raided the compound, they found 11 starving children and the body of a fourth one. The kids were allegedly taught how to use guns and were told to target schools and law enforcement officers. The first judge who heard the case is one whose name is not fit to be included here, chastised prosecutors, accusing them of racism because those who were arrested were Muslims.