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Alleged 'Jihad' Member Released Without Bail

A federal judge yesterday released the first member of what the government called a violent “Virginia jihad network” without bail, despite arguments from a prosecutor who labeled the man a “menace to the community.” Federal prosecutors in Alexandria said they intended to immediately appeal the decision of U.S. Magistrate Judge T. Rawles Jones Jr. Jones freed Masoud Ahmad Khan at a bail hearing yesterday, three days after the Justice Department announced indictments against Khan and 10 other Washington area Islamic men charging them with training to work with terrorists to fight for Muslim causes abroad. In making his decision, Jones said he took into account Khan’s lack of a criminal record and “substantial ties to the community,” in addition to “the nature of the offenses charged.” Jones also ordered that Khan, who lives in Gaithersburg, be electronically monitored. Full Story

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