A man already awaiting trial on charges of conspiring to aid the late US-born Al Qaeda preacher Anwar al Awlaki and an Al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen was indicted on Wednesday over accusations he plotted to have the federal judge presiding over the case murdered.
Yahya Farooq Mohammad, 37, was accused in the three-count indictment handed down by a federal grand jury in Toledo, Ohio, with attempting to pay an undercover FBI agent $15,000 to have the judge killed.
“Conspiring to have a judge killed is not the way to avoid being prosecuted - now Mohammad will be held accountable for additional serious federal charges,” Stephen Anthony, special agent in charge of the FBI’s office in Cleveland, said in a written statement released with the indictment.
Prosecutors say Mohammad was introduced to the undercover agent by another prisoner at the Lucas County Corrections Center in Toledo after telling that inmate that he was willing to hire someone to kill US District Judge Jack Zouhary.
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