Rev. Graham Slams Judge For Releasing 'Muslim Extremists' With Ankle Monitors

Michael W. Chapman | August 14, 2018 | 2:16pm EDT
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Rev. Franklin Graham.

Although 5 radical Muslims in New Mexico were charged with child abuse and allegedly were training 11 kids to carry out school shootings, a liberal judge released them on a $20,000 signature bond and ordered they wear ankle monitors, a decision that Rev. Franklin Graham denounced given that their apparent "intentions were to kill and maim as many people as they could."

A signature bond (personal recognizance) means that the defendants do not pay the $20,000 unless they skip their trial and are recaptured. 

On Aug. 3, Muslim radical Siraj Ibn Wahhaj was arrested with four other adults at a compound they had erected in a remote part of New Mexico, near the Colorado border. There were 11 children with them and the remains of a 12th child were found buried on the premises. The 12th child apparently died during a tortuous exorcism ritual.  The jihadist adults reportedly were training the children to conduct school shootings, according to prosecutors.


On Monday, Aug. 13, Judge Sarah Backus, an elected Democrat, set bail at $20,000 for each of the 5 defendants. She also "ordered the two men and three women to wear ankle monitors, have weekly contact with their attorneys and not consume alcohol or own firearms while on bail," reported

Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 39, is the son of Imam Siraj Wahhaj, who was named by prosecutors as an unindicted co-conspirator in the1993 World Trade Center bombing, said Fox News.  

Commenting on the judge's decision, Christian leader Franklin Graham said, "Can you believe that Judge Sarah Backus let these dangerous Muslim extremists out of jail already?"


"They were training children how to execute school shootings—and she lets them out with an ankle bracelet," he said.  "That sounds crazy to me."

"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."

"Why in the world would we let them back out on the street?" he said. 

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