Amalia compound suspects expected in court after grand jury indictment

New Mexico News

The feds say five people found living in a compound in northern New Mexico are jihadists. 

They’re expected in federal court Wednesday after a grand jury indicted them on firearms and conspiracy charges. 

For the first time, the feds spelled out their alleged plans for terrorist attacks. 

“The NRA is telling us that guns are a good thing and that we should use them, but now that we have someone that’s actually doing that and they are not white, and they are not Christian, we think there is some nefarious plan,” defense attorneys said, during an interview last month.

However, the feds say these five people did have sinister plans and weren’t just living a different lifestyle at a remote Taos County compound, like their attorneys claim. They say it was a training camp. 

A federal indictment states that since December, the group was trying to “recruit and train people, including children to engage in jihad.” 

It goes on to state they wanted to train the army to die as martyrs in violent attacks on government, military, educational, and financial institutions. 

Taos County deputies raided the compound last month where they say they found 11 children starving and the buried body of a child. 

After the district attorney dropped the ball — missing a deadline to hold a hearing — three of the suspects were going to be set free. That is, until the U.S. Attorney’s office stepped in, arresting them on federal gun charges, saying the group had lots of guns and ammo and had set up a firing range. 

The details of the latest indictment now show what may be the dark reason behind the guns and shooting range. 

Siraj Wahhaj and Jany Leveille are also facing child abuse resulting in death charges. 

Court documents say Leveille believes she’s the mother of Jesus and would perform rituals on the disabled boy, whose body was found. 

Tuesday’s indictment states, Leveille was the group’s leader and they wanted to carry out the attacks to fulfill Leveille’s religious prophecies. 

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