Bail for Just One of Six Terror Suspects
By Mark Scott
Buffalo, NY – A judge Tuesday granted bail to only one of six men accused of operating a Lackawanna terror cell.
U.S. Magistrate Kenneth Schroeder ruled Sahim Alwan, 29, will be released on $600,000 bail. Schroeder said Alwan had "disavowed any continued activity in al-Qaida" and had tried to extricate himself.
But the other five -- Yasein Taher, Faysal Galab, Mukhtar al Bakri, Yahya Goba and Shafal Mosed -- will all be detained until their trials. Schroeder said none had come forward with enough evidence to offset the government's claim of dangerousness.
Alwan was ordered to meet more than a dozen conditions for bail including electronic monitoring and remaining at his home at all times except in cases of medical or other emergency.
Alwan showed no emotion as the judge read his ruling. Mosed smiled and waved toward family members as he was led away in handcuffs and shackles.
All six are charged with providing material resources to terrorist organizations. If convicted, they could get up to 15 years in prison.
Schroeder also rejected the defense argument that a 1996 law that prohibits giving tangible support to foreign groups designated by the U.S. government as terrorist organizations was unconstitutional.