The case of five New Mexico jihadists who trained children to carry out school shootings has taken another bizarre turn after it was revealed that child abuse charges against three of the five suspects have been dropped after a screw up.
11 counts of felony child abuse charges against three of the five suspects were dropped after the state failed to indict them within a 10-day window.
A Taos County judge put the blame on the DA for failing to schedule a preliminary hearing.
“There was no excuse and no reason why the District Attorney’s office could not have requested these preliminary hearings. I don’t know if they are overworked or they don’t have enough people at their office. I don’t see the district attorney here or the chief deputy district attorney, but it is disturbing to me that the district attorney would put this court in that kind of a situation,” said Judge Jeff McCelroy.
McCelroy said that there was “a complete failure to follow proper procedures in prosecuting the case” despite the “very public, very shocking information” about the case.
“While the original 11 counts were dropped, new child abuse charges were filed against defendants Jany Leveille and Siraj Wahhaj – the son of a famous New York Imam, in connection with the death of 3-yaer-old Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, according to Siraj Wahhaj’s attorney, Thomas Clark. The two will remain in jail until next week, when prosecutors will argue they should stay behind bars until trial, at which point the DA’s office can refile the child abuse charges against all five suspects for neglect of the eleven surviving children,” reports Zero Hedge.
The apparent screw up will increase concerns that authorities are dragging their feet in the matter, particularly after it was revealed that the jihadists also planned to attack a hospital in Atlanta.