NC terror suspects prepare for hearing

August 4, 2009 2:20:47 AM PDT
Seven alleged North Carolina terrorists are preparing for a court hearing on Tuesday.All seven men are charged with running a terrorist cell in Johnston County and are scheduled to be in federal court in Raleigh at 9:30 a.m.

One of the defense lawyers told Eyewitness News some of the men charged may ask the judge to be released on bond. But that could be difficult based on the seriousness of the charges.

Last Monday federal agents raided Daniel Boyd's house in Willow Springs. He is the alleged ringleader of the operation.

The other men involved include Boyd's his two sons, 20-year-old Zakiriya and 22-year-old Dylan -- who are both Eagle Scouts -- 33-year-old Anes Subasic, 22-year-old Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan and 21-year-old Ziyad Yaghi. Hysen Sherifi, 24, a native of Kosovo and a legal U.S. resident, was also charged. He was the only non-U.S. citizen arrested.

An eigth suspect, Jude Kenan Mohammad -- a U.S. citizen and North Carolina resident -- went to Pakistan in October 2008 "to engage in violent jihad." Authorities believe he is still there.

Mohammad's name had been redacted from court papers when the documents were released last week. But now prosecutors have said they hope to have Mohammad in custody soon.

An indictment said all eight North Carolina men plotted terrorism and traveled over the past three years to Jordan, Kosovo, Pakistan and Israel "to engage in violent jihad."

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On Monday defense attorneys filed a motion asking the government to turn over all of its evidence.

Federal prosecutors responded by saying "classified material" exists in the case and "disclosure of that material will raise issues of national security."

A judge will have to decide how much information is turned over to defense lawyers before the trial.

While some people have questioned whether the men had real intentions of carrying out a terrorism plot, a source told Eyewitness News it is a legitimate terrorism case, and the men may have been preparing to leave the country to carry out their mission.


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