Three suspects who were tied to a New Mexico compound where Muslim extremists were reportedly being trained to become school shooters were released from custody on Wednesday.
On Wednesday Judge Emilio Chavez dismissed charges against three of the five defendants: Lucas Morton, Subhannah Wahhaj and Hujrah Wahhaj. It was ruled that authorities violated the state’s “10-day rule.”
The reason the child abuse charges filed against them were dropped is because the prosecutors did not act within the 10-day limit that there is for an evidentiary hearing to establish probably cause.
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On Wednesday there was also a separate hearing where Judge Jeff McElroy dismissed the same charges against Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and Jany Leveille. These two are still facing charges made against them on Friday which deal with the death of a missing 3-year-old boy.
Per Fox News:
The five suspects were arrested by authorities after an Aug. 3 raid following a monthslong search investigating the disappearance of Abdul-ghani Wahhaj, a 3-year-boy with severe medical issues who went missing from Georgia in December. The occupants of the compound were “most likely heavily armed and considered extremist of the Muslim belief,” an official said at the time.
Taos County Sheriff’s deputies discovered 11 children at the compound, who were taken into the custody of state child-welfare workers. On Aug. 6, a child’s remains were found on the property.
Siraj Ibn Wahhaj was allegedly training children to commit school shootings, according to prosecutors, who later alleged that the juveniles were taught how to use firearms, as well as tactical techniques, in order to kill teachers, law enforcement and other institutions they found corrupt.
Health officials confirmed earlier this month that the discovered remains were positively identified as the 3-year-old’s.
Chavez said Wednesday that it was a very difficult decision to drop the charges but the rule left him with no option. Prosecutors could still seek charges for the three by asking a grand jury to indict them but offered no immediate indication on how they would proceed.
How is this possible? These people came to the United States with the goal of training children to shoot up school and they face no punishment.