Brooklyn imam perplexed by son's alleged actions at NM compound | KOB 4

Brooklyn imam perplexed by son's alleged actions at NM compound

Chris Ramirez
August 09, 2018 10:16 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The father of one of the suspects accused of housing 11 children at a northern New Mexico compound says he’s surprised by what authorities are alleging.


Siraj ibn Wahhaj was arrested after the raid on the compound. He’s the father of Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, the boy reported missing in Georgia and believed to have been buried at the compound.

On Facebook, Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj’s grandfather said his family is trying to come to grips with everything.

“So you can imagine how we feel right now. We learned of the tragic death of what seems to be Abdul-Ghani and so we are trying to make sure the remains found on the property in New Mexico are, in fact, him. And we are trying to make that identification and that cause of death,” the grandfather said.

When speaking about his son, he said the accusations are surprising.

"To me, there's obviously something happening, some mental disorder, something. I don't know what it is,” he said.

The Taos County sheriff labeled Siraj ibn Wahhaj an Islamic extremist.  It's something that his father, the Brooklyn imam, has been called before.

Reports connected him to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, although he was never indicted.

“They charged me with practicing radical Islam. The media does that,” he said. “That's why I'm saying here we go again.”

He added that he wants to make sure his son gets legal representation, but he added that he stands on the side of truth, even if it’s against his son.


Chris Ramirez

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