'God knows. I don't know.': Video shows deputies questioning NM Compound suspects | KOB 4

'God knows. I don't know.': Video shows deputies questioning NM Compound suspects

Chris Ramirez
October 03, 2018 07:40 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— The Taos County Sheriff’s Office has released video from the raid on a compound in northern New Mexico.


Two men and three women were arrested in August and 11 children were placed in the custody of the state.

The video shows deputies asking questions about Abdul Ghani Wahhaj, who was reported missing in Georgia in December.

     Deputy: Our primary reason for being here today is to check on Abdul.  Do you know where he is?  Is he OK?
     Subhannah Wahhaj: I don't know. God knows. I don't know.
     Deputy: You have no idea about that?  Do you know who Abdul is?  Yes or no?  No?  So you don't know if the child is OK or not?  When was the last time you seen him?
     Subhannah Wahhaj: I can't recall.

A Taos County deputy asked the same line of questions for more than five minutes and Subhannah Wahhaj revealed nothing.

      Deputy: Did he just disappear some day? 
      Subhannah Wahhaj: I don't know. God knows. I don't know.
      Deputy: So you don't know when was the last time you saw this child?
      Subhannah Wahhaj: I honestly can't recall.

On a different part of the compound, another deputy questioned Sirraj Wahhaj, who wouldn’t give up his identity, much less talk about the child's whereabouts.

      Deputy: You don't want to give me your name? Sir, what's your name? Do you want to tell me who you are or not? I'm going to take it you don't want to talk to me.

A Taos County deputy also spoke with Lucas Morton. He spoke but offered no information.

      Morton: If God asked me to not say anything, it's probably best I don't say anything. 
      Deputy: Did he ask you not to say anything? Is it that bad?
      Morton: No, it's that good.
      Deputy: Is the child still breathing air?
      Morton: I don't know.
      Deputy: OK.
      Morton: I don't know.
      Deputy: Was the child ever here?
      Morton: You gotta have something to give something.

Days later, Abdul Ghani’s remains were found on the compound. No one has been charged with his death.

The five adults are being held on federal conspiracy and firearms charges.


Chris Ramirez

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