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Convicted Triangle terrorist indicted in beheading plot

Posted February 22, 2012

— A Raleigh man convicted in a homegrown terrorism plot faces new charges in connection with an attempt to hire a hit man to behead three witnesses who testified against him.

Hysen Sherifi was indicted on nine counts Tuesday, accused of plotting with his younger brother and a female friend to pay a hit man to carry out the killings. Court records say an FBI informant accepted $5,000 in payment and then provided faked photos appearing to show a beheaded corpse as confirmation of the hit.

Shkumbin Sherifi, 21, and Nevine Aly Elshiekh, 46, were arrested last month. They face additional charges in the new indictment.

FBI agents say Elshiekh provided the informant with the names of those to be killed and a $750 down payment toward the first hit. Shkumbin Sherifi later paid the informant another $4,250, agents said.

Elshiekh has led the special education program at Sterling Montessori Academy and Charter School in Morrisville for nine years. She is now on leave from the school.

Her attorneys say she was a pawn in the scheme, noting she was just a courier who passed along information from Hysen Sherifi and never knew that he wanted people beheaded.

They have appealed a judge's order that she remain in jail until her trial.

Hysen Sherifi, 27, was sentenced in January to 45 years in prison for plots to attack the Marine base at Quantico, Va., and targets overseas. He was among seven Triangle-area residents charged in 2009 with conspiring to carry out terrorist attacks, raising money and gathering weapons to support terrorist activities and engaging in military-style training.

Six of the men have been convicted, and the seventh is awaiting trial. An eighth suspect in the case is believed to be in Pakistan.

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  • chuckbiscuits Feb 22, 2012

    WooHoo2You



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  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Feb 22, 2012

    Yet we don't profile Arabs as potential terrorists.

  • lawncare5 Feb 22, 2012

    Did he, didn't he. If our Federal government was not so full of tolerance and diversity, there would be a lot less of this here in the first place. But no, let anyone come in to our open arms.

  • miketroll3572 Feb 22, 2012

    Anybody notice not one muslim comes on here and is against what this guy did?

  • TITAN4X4 Feb 22, 2012

    FBI agents say Elshiekh provided the informant with the names of those to be killed and a $750 down payment toward the first hit. Shkumbin Sherifi later paid the informant another $4,250, agents said.

    Her attorneys say she was a pawn in the scheme, noting she was just a courier who passed along information from Hysen Sherifi and never knew that he wanted people beheaded.

    What part of "I want somebody beheaded" didn't she understand. She was just a courier who passed along information. Way to go lawer, that will get her off!

  • nursesnaturally Feb 22, 2012

    Hard to believe that such events could happen here.Glad it was caught!

  • darkhorse94 Feb 22, 2012

    Great Job WRAL! No mention of Islam, Muslim, radial Islamist, fundamentalist, etc. According to this report, this is just a bunch of guys who planned a series of terror attacks on were caught. The almost laughable mention of beheading with no detail as to why someone would choose to cut a head off as opposed to shooting them. Thx Mainstream media were feel safer with your protection.

  • warbirdlover Feb 22, 2012

    They believe in that sheria(or however it's spelled) law, just lop their heads off too. That way we couldn't be called Islamic Racist.

  • trainloadr Feb 22, 2012

    Tran If this guy were given this novel punishment you are speaking of, he would probably still be able to act as he always has. Well, maybe except for the breathing part.

  • Rebelyell55 Feb 22, 2012

    He wanted the land of milk and honey, and all those virgin, with out having to die. Welcome to NC...

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