ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – 5 prolonged relations who had been residing on a distant New Mexico compound the place a 3-year-old boy died earlier than it was raided have been indicted on terrorism-related costs that accuse them of conspiring to assault U.S. legislation enforcement officers, army members and authorities staff, authorities mentioned Thursday.
The superseding indictment in opposition to the suspects, who’ve been in federal custody since August on firearms costs, got here six months after authorities first descended on their squalid compound close to Amalia, simply south of the Colorado state line.
A seek for a lacking Georgia boy — the son of suspect Siraj Ibn Wahhaj — had led legislation enforcement to the location on the high-desert the place they discovered the kid’s stays in addition to 11 hungry kids residing in filth.
Authorities even have accused Wahhaj and others of transporting weapons throughout state traces to New Mexico, and coaching kids at a firing vary on the property to hold out faculty shootings and different assaults that by no means occurred.
The suspects’ attorneys have disputed the allegations, saying they’re based mostly on the uncorroborated statements of kids.
“The defendants on this case allegedly have been getting ready for lethal assaults and their targets included legislation enforcement and army personnel, the very people who find themselves dedicated to defending all of us,” Michael McGarrity, director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, mentioned in an announcement Thursday.
All of the suspects, besides Wahhaj, even have been charged with collaborating within the kidnapping of Abdul-ghani Wahhaj, the boy who died after prosecutors say he had been denied treatment for seizures. Jany Leveille, a pacesetter of the group, believed treatment suppressed Muslim beliefs, authorities mentioned.
As a result of authorities say the 2017 abduction finally resulted within the boy’s loss of life, the kidnapping depend in opposition to Leveille, Hujrah Wahhaj, Subhana Wahhaj and Lucas Morton carries a possible sentence of life in jail or the loss of life penalty ought to prosecutors win a conviction in opposition to them and determine to pursue the utmost punishment within the case.
The daddy has not been charged with kidnapping due to federal statutes that typically solely enable for charging mother and father with abducting their very own kids in worldwide circumstances.
The outcomes of an post-mortem for the boy whose stays have been discovered on the compound property are nonetheless pending.
Protection attorneys mentioned they have been awaiting extra data on the brand new costs earlier than offering additional remark.
“We nonetheless do not have all of the paperwork from the federal government relating to this case,” mentioned Amy Sirignano, who represents Morton.
She mentioned in an electronic mail despatched on behalf of the protection that their shoppers would plead not responsible at an arraignment scheduled for subsequent Thursday.
The suspects stay jailed after a federal choose dominated in September that they might not be freed on bail as they await trial.
Federal authorities mentioned Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and Leveille, who lived as a pair on the compound, had carried out day by day, hours-long prayer rituals over Wahhaj’s younger son within the days resulting in his loss of life — at the same time as he cried and foamed on the mouth.
An FBI agent additionally mentioned in federal courtroom that Leveille’s two teenage sons had described how she anticipated the useless youngster to be resurrected as Jesus and supply instruction to eliminate corrupt establishments that contain lecturers, legislation enforcement and banks.
A previous federal grand jury indictment on firearms and conspiracy costs in opposition to the group stemmed from accusations that Leveille, who’s initially from Haiti, had been residing within the nation illegally and that the others had conspired to supply her with firearms and ammunition.