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Terror suspect's wife claims FBI tricked her

Posted July 29, 2009 10:53 p.m. EDT
Updated July 30, 2009 7:53 a.m. EDT

— A Willow Spring woman whose husband and two sons are accused of supporting terrorism says the FBI tricked her the day of their arrest.

Sabrina Boyd, the wife of Daniel Patrick Boyd and the mother of Dylan and  Zakariya "Zak" Boyd, claims authorities told her that her family had been injured in a car crash Monday. She said a man, wearing a bloody shirt, and a law enforcement officer told her their vehicle had been sideswiped by an 18-wheeler.

"That the truck was overturned, and none of them had seat belts on. It was grave, and they were bleeding, and I needed to be rushed immediately to Duke Hospital,” Sabrina Boyd said during an interview Tuesday with CNN.

Sabrina Boyd said authorities drove her, along with her daughter and pregnant daughter-in-law, to Durham but parked behind the hospital. They were then taken out of the vehicle, separated and handcuffed.

"Then they told us, they (my husband and sons) are not dying. They are detained, and you better cooperate with us,” Sabrina Boyd said.

News of a possible car accident was particularly difficult for Sabrina Boyd to hear, she said. It was just two years ago, that another son, 16-year-old Luqman Izzubeen “Luke” Boyd, died in a single-car wreck near Benson.

"I had already been through this two years prior,” Sabrina Boyd said. "All they needed to do was ring my doorbell. I would have opened the door for them.”

When the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, heard Sabrina Boyd’s claims, they demanded the U.S. Department of Justice investigate.

"It is hard to describe how, how devastating that would be to any family,” said Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "This is what we are calling a cruel trick played on the family members.”

"It is not unwarranted. It is not unprecedented,” said Frank Perry, a retired FBI agent who headed Raleigh's office for four years.

Perry, who has no connection to the Boyd case, said fake stories are sometimes used by law enforcement officials as a safety measure.

"(Such) measures are prudent and necessary to protect law enforcement personnel, as well as individuals, at the arrest scene, even though they are not subjects of the arrest,” Perry said.

Daniel Patrick Boyd, 39, and his sons, Dylan Boyd, 22, and Zakariya "Zak" Boyd, 20, are expected to appear in federal court in Raleigh next Tuesday. Three others charged, Hysen Sherifi, 24, Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, 22, and Ziyad Yaghi, 21, also are expected to appear Tuesday for detention hearings.

A seventh defendant, Anes Subasic, 33, has requested a Yugoslavian interpreter for his court hearing, so it's unclear when that hearing will be held.

Federal authorities are seeking an unidentified eighth suspect in the case who is believed to be in Pakistan. A WRAL News source has identified the suspect as Jude Kenan Mohammad, 20, of Wake County.