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Witness statements difficult to get in Triangle terrorism case

Posted August 17, 2010

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— Obtaining depositions from foreign witnesses is proving to be problematic for attorneys representing several Triangle men accused of plotting acts of terrorism, one defense attorney said in court Tuesday.

Daniel Patrick Boyd, 39, his sons, Dylan Boyd, 22, and Zakariya "Zak" Boyd, 20, and four other men – Hysen Sherifi, 24, Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, 22, Ziyad Yaghi, 21, and Anes Subasic, 33 – were indicted a year ago on charges that they plotted to murder, kidnap, maim and injure people overseas.

An eighth suspect, Jude Kenan Mohammad, 20, is believed to be in Pakistan. A ninth suspect, Bajram Asllani, 29, was arrested in June in Kosovo in connection with charges that he provided material support to terrorists and conspired to kill, kidnap, maim or injure persons.

Daniel Boyd and Sherifi also are charged with planning an attack on the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va.

Court documents say that the FBI and state authorities had been monitoring the Triangle-area suspects since 2006 as they looked for a way to attack non-Muslims and perhaps also Muslims of whom they didn't approve. At various times, the documents say, Daniel Boyd and Sherifi mentioned dying as a suicide bomber in Afghanistan or fighting in Iraq, Syria, Palestine or Chechnya.

During a Tuesday court hearing, Yaghi's attorney, Douglas McCullough, sought court permission to obtain depositions from people in Jordan. He said their sworn statements would show that Yaghi was in Jordan for routine travel and to visit relatives, not to engage in terrorism.

Federal prosecutors said, however, that Jordanian officials might not even allow them into the country for the depositions, or if they do, might preclude them from cross-examining the witnesses.

U.S. Magistrate William Webb urged prosecutors and defense attorneys to work together to obtain the depositions in a manner that satisfies both sides.

The trial in the case is scheduled for September 2011.

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  • hansolo Aug 17, 2010

    Fry them? Wow, we are so quick to judge who's a terrorist because the media headlines say so, but we don't know the truth. The anti-terrorism legislation and the Patriot Act have not been in practice that long, and there ARE people who are wrongfully arrested for alleged terrorism (Amnesty International). Who is to say some of these men don't fall into that category? We don’t know. Let me remind you that we live in a Bible belt state with 12,000 churches full of righteous Christians, and we still have organized crime and murder every day. But no one questions whether you’re really going to church every Sunday morning and not some weekly “training for an attack.” What would you do if you were in prison for that while they “decipher” what you MEANT by “going to church?” Think about these suspects’ human rights. Whether they are guilty or innocent, they deserve a fair trial and less of ignorant animosity based on speculation. Even if just ONE of these guys is innocent

  • dwarner3 Aug 17, 2010

    I hope that there is some evidence here and this is not just some big fishing expedition to put on a show

  • Mugu Aug 17, 2010

    Fry them.

  • Tired Of Excuses Aug 17, 2010

    I have a baaad feeling we're going to see more of this in the years to come.

  • IAMAmerican Aug 17, 2010

    I feel sorry for Boyd's sons, what a great dad (and Mom)!!! He's just a big redneck, who has ruined his children's lives and I hope he rots in jail for it. Unfortunately, I think his sons will too. Price you pay for playing "terrorism"!

  • Bartmeister Aug 17, 2010

    Betcha $20 this won't be over in 5.

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Aug 17, 2010

    Let's see if we can string this one out for about 5 years.