Skip to comments.Egyptian student denies explosives charge
Posted on 10/24/2007 2:28:22 PM PDT by Mount Athos
An Egyptian college student accused of making an Internet video demonstrating the construction of a detonator for terrorist bombs pleaded not guilty to federal charges Wednesday.
Ahmed Abdellatif Sherif Mohamed, 24, remained jailed on charges of distributing information relating to explosives, destructive devices, and weapons of mass destruction. His arraignment was set for Thursday.
Mohamed, an engineering student suspended by the University of South Florida, and another Egyptian student, Youssef Samir Megahed, 21, also are charged with carrying explosive materials across state lines.
They were arrested during an Aug. 5 traffic stop in Goose Creek, S.C., about 15 miles northwest of Charleston and near a Navy weapons station.
In the trunk of their car, according an FBI agent's statement, police found 20 feet of fuse, a box of .22-caliber bullets, a drill, several gallons of gasoline, PVC piping and gun powder.
The agent also said Mohamed's laptop contained a video he made demonstrating how to convert a remote-control toy into a detonator.
Mohamed said he made the video "to assist those persons in Arabic countries to defend themselves against the infidels invading their countries," according to the agent's statement. He said "he considered American troops, and those military forces fighting with the American military, to be invaders of Arab countries," the statement said.
The students told authorities they were carrying fireworks; Megahed's attorney now contends that his client didn't know anything about the items in the trunk.
Megahed is a permanent U.S. resident from Egypt and Mohamed is in the U.S. on a student visa
If convicted, Mohamed could be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison. Megahed faces up to 10 years.
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Is he depicted in the video clip?
Simple solution, really.
Have someone from EOD follow the printed instructions found on his laptop, and build a detonator that is duct-taped to his thighs.
If the instructions are false, and the detonator fails to go off, then he’s innocent.
Better question: was he violating anyone’s rights by making the video? If not, he should be released. I see this playing out as another black mark on our justice system.
The proof of the pudding, eh?.........
Mohamed should be shipped back to Eygpt and put on our terrorist list and Megahed should have his green card revoked.
He said “he considered American troops, and those military forces fighting with the American military, to be invaders of Arab countries,” the statement said.
I’ll try be as courteous as possible, he threaten our troops and my son is one of those troops so don’t give me any of that violating anyone’s right libertarian BS. He is an enemy and we are at war.
So you are fine with foreign muslims transporting bomb components toward a naval base?
So you are against summary courts martial and firing squads for enemy saboteurs?
How about if he committed a crime such as treason?
LOL. Funny you should say that. Sam was standing in the doorway as I was typing “outloud” and he said, they ought to just shoot ‘em. :-)
Good to see you.
Well, you know how lawyers are - give them a trial before you execute them.
Lawyers and bureaucrats! :-)
The ATF restricts your handling of explosives.