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4 'jihad' defendants granted bail

Four men accused of being part of a ”jihad network” were granted bail Wednesday. The move raises questions about allegations that they were Muslim warriors preparing to fight against U.S. allies overseas. U.S. Magistrate T. Rawles Jones Jr. said none of the defendants poses a threat to the community. The men are accused of training for combat while on paintball outings in the Virginia countryside. In the case of one defendant, Hammad Abdur-Raheem, 29, Jones referred to a solid work history, strong family ties and military service that he said appeared to defy the government’s claims. ”The government’s argument that he should be denied bond because of concerns for community safety simply does not hold water,” Jones said. He ordered the men released after they met bail conditions, including a requirement that they submit to electronic monitoring while awaiting trial. Full Story

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