Accused al-Qaida supporter in US charged with seeking judge's murder

By REUTERS
July 7, 2016 03:16

 
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A man already awaiting trial on charges of conspiring to aid the late US-born al-Qaida preacher Anwar al Awlaki and an al-Qaida affiliate in Yemen was indicted on Wednesday over accusations he plotted to have the federal judge presiding over the case murdered.

Yahya Farooq Mohammad, 37, was accused in the three-count indictment handed down by a federal grand jury in Toledo, Ohio, with attempting to pay an undercover FBI agent $15,000 to have the judge killed.

"Conspiring to have a judge killed is not the way to avoid being prosecuted - now Mohammad will be held accountable for additional serious federal charges," Stephen Anthony, special agent in charge of the FBI's office in Cleveland, said in a written statement released with the indictment.

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