Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Two Ohio Men Held On Terror Charges [Update 2]

An update on our earlier story, "Two Ohio Men Held On Terror Charges." Reports The Marietta Times:

Felony terrorism charges are expected to be dropped at 2 p.m. today against two Michigan men who were arrested a week ago in Marietta.

The Washington County Prosecutor's Office will still proceed with falsification charges against Osama Abulhassan, 20, and Ali Houssaiky, 20, both of Dearborn, Mich. Officers say the two men didn't give their real names right away, then changed their story about the reason they had $11,000 in cash...

Authorities say Abulhassan and Houssaiky admitted to buying more than 600 TracFones in the past month and reselling them to an individual in Dearborn, Mich. Dearborn is reputed to be a base of operations for several terrorist-related organizations.

Suspicious why the men were buying hundreds of cell phones, investigators soon charged them with violations of state anti-terrorism laws...

Schneider said he didn't have enough evidence to present the felony terrorism charges to a grand jury at this time. "This is still an open case," Schneider said on Monday. "I anticipate that we will be taking it to the grand jury, but I won't guarantee when..."

The press release indicated prosecutors felt there was enough evidence "in support of probable cause on the felony charges," but more information would be needed to prove those charges beyond a reasonable doubt.
The decision to drop the felony charges, though, started to take shape Sunday.

"It's more important to have all my ducks in a row so I am confident," Schneider said.

The next step could be to take the case directly to the Washington County grand jury, but at this time, Schneider said the state is not prepared to seek indictments because the matter is still under investigation.

So the men are by no means absolutely innocent of terrorism charges, the prosecutors just want to make sure they have a rock solid case before taking it to court. A good idea considering liberals will no doubt be throwing money at these men's "legal defense funds," which the ACLU will probably set up.

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