Outrage follows this decision by judge in Muslim compound child abuse case

by Garry Watts September 1, 2018, 5:07
Outrage follows this decision by judge in Muslim compound child abuse case

None of the suspects has known criminal convictions, while authorities blame the boy's death on his father, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, and the father's partner, Jany Leveille. They were withdrawn because prosecutors missed a 10-day period of examination of the evidence.

A startling rebuke of a local prosecutor and questions about legal tactics by a hard-charging sheriff are casting a shadow over efforts to prosecute members of an extended family who were arrested at a squalid New Mexico compound where the body of a 3-year-old had been hidden for months.

The AP reports that prosecutors could still pursue charges for the other three if they ask a grand jury to indict them, but that the prosecution offered no sign of what they would do.

Defendants Hujrah Wahhaj, left, and Siraj Wahhaj talk during a break in court hearings.

The body of 3-year-old Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj was found three days later in a tunnel at the compound.

Speaking on the matter, Judge Chavez explained how his hand was forced: "The rule for dismissal without prejudice reads if the preliminary hearing is not held within the time of this rule, the court shall dismiss the case without prejudice and discharge the defendants".

After a storm of criticism and insults on social media against his two prosecutors, District Attorney Donald Gallegos appealed for the public to stop "cussing and threatening".

During a separate hearing Wednesday, the judge Jeff McElroy dismissed the same charges against Siraj Ibn Vachha (Ibn Siraj Wahhaj) and zhani, Level.

Of course, if prosecutors have evidence this compound existed to plot terrorism, they need to present that, not rely on charges of child abuse which they fail to back up.

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The new charges of child abuse resulting in death against Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and Leveille are tied to an extensive account of Abdul-ghani's death in a journal that prosecutors attribute to Leveille.

District Judge Emilio Chavez on Wednesday ruled that authorities violated the state's "10-day rule" that limits the days for an evidentiary hearing to establish probable cause.

Officials allege Wahhaj also trained children to commit school shootings, teaching them how to use firearms and tactics for killing teachers and police. Not-guilty pleas were entered by the court on each defendant's behalf. Law enforcement seized a document from the compound called "Phases of a Terrorist Attack", which included ambiguous instructions for "the one-time terrorist" and "the ideal attack site".

The Taos County Sheriff's Office and prosecutors have described the defendants as "extremists of the Muslim belief" who were training their children to attack schools and other "corrupt institutions".

"I urge everyone not to react to exclusively the information contained within the warrants that were filed but rather to the evidence as it gets developed in this case", he said.

The boy was last seen leaving his Jonesboro, Georgia, home with his father, Siraj Wahhaj, in late November.

Forensic medical investigators have not yet identified the cause and manner of the boy's death.

Abdul-Ghani was abducted from Wahhaj's first wife in Georgia and died on December 24, according to the Taos County Sheriff's office.

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