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Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Muslim extremist father grins as his family is FREED on bail - despite claims his son died in ritual to resurrect him as Jesus and 11 kids found at his compound were training to be school shooters

  • Siraj Wahhaj, his wife, two sisters, and a friend were arrested by New Mexico authorities on August 3
  • They allegedly kept 11 starving children in a ramshackle compound in the desert while training them to commit school shootings
  • The children were being taught to target teachers to kill, according to police  
  • On Monday, the five suspects were granted $20,000 bond each
  • Wahhaj is still likely to remain behind bars pending a separate arrest warrant in Georgia
  • That warrant applies to his alleged abduction of his three-year-old son AG 
  • AG has been missing since December when his father abducted him in Georgia
  • Remains found at the New Mexico compound are feared to belong to him
  • He died, it is claimed, while his father tried to perform an exorcism on him 
  • The toddler is severely disabled and prosecutors say his father was trying to 'resurrect' him as 'Jesus' to lead their school attacks
  • Wahhaj also sent a letter to his brother asking him to 'join him and become a martyr', it is claimed  
The three-year-old disabled son of the Muslim extremist arrested in the New Mexico desert earlier this month died after being subjected to torturous rituals his father believed would 'cast out' demonic spirits and see the toddler 'return as Jesus,' it has been claimed. 
According to prosecutors, Abdul-ghani, known as AG, was killed sometime between December last year, when he went missing from Atlanta, Georgia, and August 3, when his father, two aunts and uncle were arrested along with 11 of his cousins and siblings at a compound in Amalia, New Mexico.
AG suffered a severe disability and his father wanted to 'exorcise' him, it has been claimed. He began his efforts a month after returning from a trip to Saudi Arabia, it was claimed on Monday. 
Wahhaj performed rituals on him to rid him of the condition but they killed him, prosecutors said. 
He explained away the toddler's death to the 11 other children at his compound by saying he would be resurrected as their spiritual leader and would lead them in their attacks against schools by instructing them on how to 'corrupt institutions they needed to get rid of.' 
Wahhaj, 39, was allegedly training the 11 other children to handle guns so that they could target teachers at schools across the country. He had also asked his brother Muhammed to join them to become 'a martyr', it is claimed. 
Despite the gross accusations, he and his adult relatives were all granted $20,000 bail on Monday. 
Four of them - his wife, Jany Leveille, 35, sisters Subhannah, 35, and Hujrah, 38, and brother-in-law Lucas Morton, could be freed as soon as Tuesday. 
Wahhaj, who grinned during his bond hearing, is only like to remain behind bars because of an outstanding warrant for abducting AG in Georgia. The five adults have been charged with 11 counts of child abuse.    
Siraj Wahhaj, the father of Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj whose body is believed to have been found by an extremist camp in New Mexico, laughed in court, Monday as he was granted $20,000 bail
Siraj Wahhaj, the father of Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj whose body is believed to have been found by an extremist camp in New Mexico, laughed in court, Monday as he was granted $20,000 bail
Sibling defendants Hujrah Wahhaj, left, and Siraj Wahhaj talk during a break in court hearings, Monday where they were granted bail 
Sibling defendants Hujrah Wahhaj, left, and Siraj Wahhaj talk during a break in court hearings, Monday where they were granted bail 
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has already spoken out, saying she 'strongly disagreed' with the hearing's outcome and Backus's decision, Kob reports.
'Unfortunately, it highlights how extreme the New Mexico Supreme Court has been in dictating pretrial release for all kinds of dangerous criminals,' she said. 
A body, believed to belong to AG was found buried in the desert near the compound shortly after the August 3 raid.
Police are yet to identify the remains but his paternal grandfather, Wahhaj's father the imam Sirah Wahhaj, told reporters last week that they belonged to the toddler. 
The toddler suffered a severe form of disability that is caused by a brain injury at birth. 
In December, Wahhaj told his legal wife,  Hakima Ramzi, that he was taking the boy to the park but they vanished. 
At the time, he had just returned from a trip to Saudi Arabia. It was the first discourse in his 15-year marriage to the woman, she later said.  
On Monday, prosecutors told how his second wife, Leveille, believed that she was the toddler's real mother and that Wahhaj's legal wife, Hakima Ramzi, stole him from her womb using black magic. 
When he was born, AG was diagnosed with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy.  
As a result, he required daily medication which prosecutors say he was deprived of once his father abducted him.  
The rituals involved Wahhaj placing a Koran on his son's head and sometimes one hand.  
When he died, Wahhaj told the child's 11 siblings and cousins that he would be resurrected as their spiritual leader and would lead their attacks on schools, it is claimed. 
Prosecutors also told on Monday that Wahhaj invited his brother to the compound to 'become a martyr'.  
Subbannah Wahhaj (left) and Jany Leveille (right in court on Monday) were each charged with 11 counts of felony child abuse but were also granted bail
Lucas Morton, the fifth defendant, was also in high spirits during Monday's hearing 
Lucas Morton, the fifth defendant, was also in high spirits during Monday's hearing 
During Monday's hearing, prosecutor Timothy Hasson said it suggested a sinister. wider terror plot against the country.  'In the 21st century I think we all know what that means,' he said. 
The four other defendants may be released on house arrest as soon as Tuesday. 
Judge Sarah Backus said she wasn't convinced the suspects were a danger to the community and granted them bail to be released from jail, on condition they wear an ankle monitor and that they have only supervised visits with their children.
Police were eventually led to the New Mexico compound after a cross-country search for AG. 
The FBI spent weeks monitoring the site but did not act because they did not have a warrant. 
It was not until local sheriffs were told by the Wahhaj's extended family that the kid were starving that the conditions inside were exposed.  
Photos captured filthy scenes from inside the ramshackle site, with trailers covered in clear tarp and what appears to be a collection of tents, held up shakily by plywood pillars, from above.
Underneath it and inside the few trailers there are piles of trash, dusty furniture and discarded toys. 
The children found there, aged one to 15, were all in rags and starved.  
Authorities encountered Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, Leveille and seven of the children last December when they were in a traffic accident, and police found weapons in the vehicle, including pistols, an AR-15 rifle and ammunition magazines, Lovelace said.
The compound is in the desert in New Mexico. It was put together with trailers and the children had been there for months 
The compound is in the desert in New Mexico. It was put together with trailers and the children had been there for months 
Photographs taken on the compound on Tuesday show what looks like a make-shift target practice range 
Photographs taken on the compound on Tuesday show what looks like a make-shift target practice range 
Opened cans of tuna and cranberries sit next to a dusty boot in the compound. There was no other food on the site and the children had not eaten for days when they were discovered
Opened cans of tuna and cranberries sit next to a dusty boot in the compound. There was no other food on the site and the children had not eaten for days when they were discovered
According to Lovelace, Wahhaj told police at the time that he had the guns because he worked for an executive security business and that he was going on a camping trip in New Mexico. 
Police then raided the property - a squalid makeshift living compound near the Colorado state line - more than a week ago in response a report of children living in filth, severe hunger and dangers including a leaky propone tank. Five adults were arrested and 11 children were placed in state custody.  
Cops found rifles, handguns and ammunition, as well as books on being effective in combat and building untraceable assault-style rifles.
Defense attorneys argued that prosecutors were unfairly painting their clients as armed militants as the rifles and handguns found on the property are common guns that can be bought at retail stores and their clients made no aggressive efforts to defend their compound as authorities closed in to serve search warrants earlier this month.
'There was no gun battle, there was no resistance,' said Tom Clark, the attorney representing Siraj Ibn Wahhaj.
A makeshift toilet and bottles of bleach are seen in this improvised bathroom at the compound
A makeshift toilet and bottles of bleach are seen in this improvised bathroom at the compound
Various items litter the filthy kitchen at the compound near Amalia in New Mexico
Various items litter the filthy kitchen at the compound near Amalia in New Mexico
Clark said his client had permits to carry his weapons and no criminal record - accusing prosecutors of holding adults at the compound to an unusual standard because of their race and Muslim faith.
'They are black and they are Muslim,' Clark said. 'If these were white people of Christian faith who owned guns, it's not a big deal. ... But they look different and they worship different than the rest of us.'
Prosecutors denied any discriminatory treatment based on religious background or race, and warned that the defendants came to New Mexico with their children on a violent and dangerous mission.
'This was not a camping trip and this was not a simple homestead of the kind that many people do in New Mexico,' said Deputy District Attorney Timothy Hasson.
Judge Backus said prosecutors failed to articulate any specific threats or plan against the community, despite providing concerning information.
'What I've heard here today is troubling, definitely. Troubling facts about numerous children in far from ideal circumstances and individuals who are living in a very unconventional way,' Backus said.  
The first wife of Siraj Ibn Wahhaj said she is struggling to come to terms what her husband allegedly did to their son. 
Ramzi had been working with detectives and search crews to find her son but was devastated when authorities found the skeletal remains of a child in her husband's training compound northeast of Amalia, New Mexico, where they discovered 11 starving children and five Muslim adults.  
'They took my life,' Ramzi said, breaking down in tears during a very emotional interview Thursday with Channel 2 Action News. 
'I wasn't able to save my son, to save his life.'  
Attorney and family friend Shariyf Muhammad said Ramzi was struggling to come to terms with what her husband had done.
'She's having a very hard time right now,' they said. 'Hakima is a mother whose son has been missing for nine months and she has gone through every range of emotion from anger to sadness to despair to helplessness to fear, anxiety and a desire for revenge.'
'I think this has been mischaracterized as a custody battle because it's been reported that he 'took the child.' But they were married, they're still married although he chose to estrange himself by his actions. 
'Hakima told us, 'He told me he was taking Abdul-Ghani to the park for a little while.' She had no reason to think any different.'

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