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Triangle teacher accused in murder-for-hire plot released on bond

Posted March 28, 2012

— An area teacher accused of plotting to behead three witnesses from a terrorism trial was released from jail Wednesday and will await her trial at her parent's home in Raleigh, according to court documents.

Nevine Aly Elshiekh, 46, of Raleigh, posted a $1 million bond on Monday after her family and friends offered three properties on Emerald Isle and one in Durham as collateral.

Elshiekh was one of two people arrested in January after an FBI sting in which Hysen Sherifi allegedly tried to have three witnesses in his federal terrorism trial last fall killed.

Sherifi, 27, was sentenced in January to 45 years in prison for plotting to attack the U.S. Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va., as well as targets overseas.

Court records show that an informant accepted a $5,000 payment and then provided fake photos appearing to show a beheaded corpse confirming that he had killed a witness.

Defense attorneys say Elshiekh was a pawn in the alleged murder plot, noting she was just a courier who passed along information from Sherifi and never knew that he wanted people beheaded.

If convicted of trying to kill witnesses, she could be sentenced to prison for life.

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  • ThePunisher Mar 30, 2012

    so who's the people and friends that offered their property up for the bail?

  • sunshine1040 Mar 29, 2012

    To me this is as bad a crime as molesting our children? Its time NC start screening all employees for drugs and mental issues.

  • chattycat Mar 29, 2012

    "Bad, bad move, she should of never been released. Rebelyell55"

    The only purpose of bail or bond is to deter one from flight. If the court determined that she is not a flight risk than bail or bond is perfectly proper. piene2

    Piene - I think you might have missed the point that Rebel was trying to make. I am pretty sure that most people know what bail or bond is and why it is used, but thanks for the lesson!

  • piene2 Mar 29, 2012

    "Bad, bad move, she should of never been released.
    Rebelyell55"

    The only purpose of bail or bond is to deter one from flight. If the court determined that she is not a flight risk than bail or bond is perfectly proper.

  • chattycat Mar 29, 2012

    Unbelievable! I don't know what else to say.

  • muggs Mar 28, 2012

    This country is headed to well and our judicial system is driving the bus.

  • miswiggie Mar 28, 2012

    Yeeesh! I agree with Scubagirl/Rebelyell. Scary, scary. Guess they figured $1 mil would be a hard sum to come up with (but don't you just need 10%?). Wonder if that was the highest possible.

    Shady character; if she wanted to get away and her family wanted her to get away, what's losing a few properties in exchange for her freedom? =\

  • Thought Criminal WS Mar 28, 2012

    Utter garbage. This is how we have events on our soil.

  • Scubagirl Mar 28, 2012

    Yep, I agree Rebelyell, bad move. They may have taken her passport but if she can hire someone to behead someone else I'm betting she knows how and where to get another fake one.

  • Rebelyell55 Mar 28, 2012

    Bad, bad move, she should of never been released.