From US Herald
Although President Obama is apparently unconcerned about releasing known terrorists who pose security risks to the United States from detention facilities, a federal judge in Ohio has refused to allow one of the four men accused of raising money for al-Qaeda to be released from jail pending his trial.
The case, in which four Muslim men are being prosecuted jointly by U.S. Attorneys in the Northern District of Ohio, the District of Kansas, and the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section, is also under investigation by the FBI.
Documents filed by the U.S. Attorneys in the case show that of the four men who used false credit card transactions to obtain the money for transfer to Al-Alwaki after hiding transfers of the funds, one was released on bond and another was denied release.
Now, a federal judge in Ohio has refused bond and home detention for another of the defendants, Ibrahim Zubair Mohammad, 36, who is charged with supporting terrorism in connection with the conspiracy to support Anwar Al-Awlaki, in a violent jihad against United States military personnel serving in Iraq.
The judge says the imposition of home detention on Mohammad, who moved to Toledo, Ohio in 2006 to marry a U.S. citizen and is a lawful permanent resident, is not a sufficient guarantee that he will remain in the jurisdiction and show up for trial, which will most likely begin in the fall.
While Mohammad’s attorney denies the charges, federal prosecutors strongly objected to the release.
“In the hands of a terrorist such as Awlaki, very little money is needed to cause death and destruction,” prosecutors said in opposing Mohammad’s release.
If the defendants are found guilty and convicted, their sentence will be set by the judge after taking into consideration such matters as the individual defendant’s prior criminal record and his role in the conspiracy.
TOLEDO, OHIO: The Latest on four men accused of raising money for former AL-Qaeda leader
Federal prosecutors opposing the release of a man accused of helping raise money for a former AL-Qaeda leader say he was part of an elaborate scheme.
Court documents filed by the government say the four men with Ohio ties arrested last fall used fake credit card transactions to get the money and took steps to hide funds transfers.
Now, another one of the four will ask a federal judge in Toledo on Tuesday to be released on home detention before going on trial.
One already is out on bond, while another was denied a release.
Their attorneys have denied the charges.
Federal prosecutors say $22,000 was delivered to the former AL-Qaeda leader months before he was linked to the failed 2009 Christmas Day bombing attempt on a Detroit-bound airliner.
Another one of the four men with Ohio ties accused of sending money to a former AL-Qaeda leader wants to be released from prison before going to trial.
Ibrahim Mohammad will ask a federal judge Tuesday in Toledo to be put on home detention in northern Ohio.
His attorney says Mohammad isn’t a danger to the community or a flight risk.
One of the four men already is out on bond while another was denied a release.
Federal prosecutors say they were working to send money to an AL-Qaeda leader who was linked to the planning of several attacks against American interests before being killed in a drone strike.
Attorneys for all four have denied the charges.