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Judge Upholds Release of a Terrorism Defendant

A federal judge agreed today that a man accused of supporting a Kashmir terrorist group should be freed from custody pending trial. Officials said they expected that the defendant, Hammad Abdur-Raheem, would be released by Friday with an electronic monitoring bracelet and other restrictions. But at the same time, the judge, Leonie M. Brinkema of the United States District Court for Eastern Virginia, ruled that another defendant in the case, Mohammed Aatique, should not be freed on bail. Judge Brinkema upheld an earlier ruling by a federal magistrate judge, Theresa Buchanan, that Mr. Aatique should be held. Ruling on an appeal by his lawyers, Judge Brinkema said that Mr. Aatique, a Pakistani who the authorities say spent time at a terrorist training camp, has “significant ties” to his home country and might try to flee there if released. Full Story

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