Federal court testimony alleged NM compound suspects prepared for 'jihad' | KOB 4

Federal court testimony alleged NM compound suspects prepared for 'jihad'

Joshua Panas, Ryan Laughlin
September 12, 2018 10:14 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A federal judge ruled to keep all five suspects arrested after a raid on a northern New Mexico compound in jail. 


Jany Leveille, 35, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40, Lucas Morton, 40, Hujrah Wahhaj, 37, and Subhanah Wahhaj, 35, were arraigned on conspiracy and firearms charges in Albuquerque Wednesday.

FBI special agent Travis Taylor was the lone witness called during Wednesday hearing.

He detailed how Abdul-Ghani, the three-year-old boy found dead on the compound, was allegedly kidnapped from Georgia by his father, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj. He alleged that Siraj's Islamic wife, Jany Leveille, a Haitian national living the in United State illegally, was the group's spiritual leader who claimed she could translate messages from God. 

Taylor testified that the group tried to recruit others on their way to New Mexico. He accused Siraj of attempting to build an army for Jihad. 

During the hearing, it was unintentionally revealed that several of the eleven children, rescued from the compound, testified to the grand jury.

One teenager said they were glad to get off of the compound and wanted to be adopted by another family. Another teenager said they just wanted to see their mother, Jany, before she was deported

All five suspects had state child abuse charges dropped in August after the district attorney's office failed to hold a preliminary hearing within 10 days, as required by New Mexico law. The DA said he planned to refile the charges. 

The defendants could face between 5-10 years in prison if convicted on the federal charges.


Joshua Panas, Ryan Laughlin

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