Amalia compound suspects indicted on federal terrorism charges

New Mexico

A federal grand jury has indicted five adults connected to the Amalia compound on terrorism charges. Jany Leveille, 36, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40, Hujrah Wahhaj, 38, Subhanah Wahhaj, 36, and Lucas Morton, 41, have been charged with federal terrorism, kidnapping and firearms violations.

According to a news release from the Department of Justice, all five defendants are charged with “participating in a conspiracy from October 2017 to August 2018 to provide material support and resources, including currency, training, weapons, and personnel, knowing and intending that they were to be used in preparation for and in carrying out attacks to kill officers and employees of the United States.”

The five adults were originally arrested in August 2018 after deputies discovered they were living on a Taos County property with 11 malnourished children and the buried body of a 3-year-old.

“The indictment alleges that the defendants conspired to provide material support in preparation for violent attacks against federal law enforcement officers and members of the military,” said Assistant Attorney John C. General Demers in the release.

“Advancing beliefs through terror and violence has no place in America, and the National Security Division continues to make protecting against terrorism its top priority,” stated Attorney General Demers.

The indictment also states that Leveille, Hujrah Wahhaj, Subhanah Wahhaj, and Morton are charged with kidnapping and conspiracy to commit kidnapping. The indictment also includes the charges from their original indictment.

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