Five radical Islamists who, police say, were running a New Mexico compound training children to carry out school shootings, were released on bail Monday - without even having to post any bond money.
New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez (R) told told local KOB 4 News that the judge’s decision is just the latest example of judicial extremism freeing dangerous criminals:
"In a statement sent to KOB following the hearing, Gov. Susana Martinez said she 'strongly disagreed' with the hearing's outcome and Backus's decision.
"'Unfortunately, it highlights how extreme the New Mexico Supreme Court has been in dictating pretrial release for all kinds of dangerous criminals,' she said."
Christian leader Rev. Franklin Graham also blasted the judge's decision. "They need to be in a place where they can’t do any more harm," said Graham. "One child is already dead and their intentions were to kill and maim as many people as they could."
Despite police warning that the children were being trained with guns to carry out the school attacks, Judge Sarah Backus concluded that the radical Islamists aren’t “a danger to the community,” The Albuquerque Journal reports:
“The state argued that the 11 children at the compound were being trained to use guns as they prepared to attack teachers, law enforcement and others in institutions that the group considered corrupt.”
“Judge Sarah Backus said the state, despite assertions by prosecutors that one of the defendants was training the children to attack various institutions with guns, didn’t prove the group was a danger to the community.”
One of the Islamist radicals released by Judge Backcus was named as a co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, CNSNews.com reported Monday:
“Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 39, is the son of Imam Siraj Wahhaj, "who was named by prosecutors as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing," reported Fox News. The adults at the New Mexico compound were training the children there to conduct school shootings, according to prosecutors.”
The suspects were released on a $20,000 “signature bond,” which does not require them to post any deposit money with the court to secure their release. Also known as a “personal recognizance bond,” merely requires the defendants to promise to pay the $20,000 if they skip out on their trial and are, subsequently, recaptured.
The five Islamists are charged with multiple accounts of child abuse. One boy died during a prayer ritual at the compound, according to police.