N. Carolina Muslims arrested in plot to behead witnesses in recent terror conviction
The headline of this WRAL article says it all. Tiny minority of extremists? Think again. It’s only a matter of time until one of these plots succeeds. via Muslim community rallies after murder plot alleged :: WRAL.com.
Raleigh, N.C. — Dozens of people from the Triangle’s Islamic community plan a show of support in Wilmington on Friday when two people have a federal court hearing on charges that they tried to hire someone to kill witnesses in a terrorism trial.
Federal authorities arrested Shkumbin Sherifi and Nevine Aly Elshiekh over the weekend and charged them with conspiracy to commit murder.
Sherifi’s brother, Hysen Sherifi, was sentenced two weeks ago to 45 years in prison on terrorism charges. He was among seven area men arrested in 2009 after authorities said they plotted attacks on targets overseas, stockpiled weapons and conducted paramilitary training.
Hysen Sherifi met with his brother and Elshiekh several times in recent weeks at the New Hanover County jail, where he is incarcerated, and arranged to have three witnesses who testified during his trial last fall killed, according to a federal court document.
He demanded that the witnesses be beheaded and that pictures be taken of their corpses to prove they had been killed, the court document states. He also wanted a fellow inmate who he thought had tricked him out of some money to be killed.
Authorities said Shkumbin Sherifi and Elshiekh gave someone $5,000 to kill one person.
Elshiekh, 46, has headed the special education program at Sterling Montessori Academy and Charter School in Morrisville for nine years. She is now on leave from the school.
A school representative said the faculty was stunned by her arrest. Her neighbors likewise expressed surprise, calling her a nice and caring person.
She lives with her parents on Edgemont Drive in west Raleigh. Her father is a retired professor from North Carolina State University’s College of Textiles.
46 and lives with her parents?
Julia Sherifi posted on Facebook that her brother is innocent, and she asked people to go to Wilmington in a show of support.
A group called Our Ummah, One Body has signed up more than 80 people for the trip.
More from the Investigative Project on Terrorism, Convicted NC Jihad Cell Member Allegedly Wanted Witnesses Killed.
According to federal authorities, Sherifi asked for help in hiring a hit man to kill several people, including three witnesses who testified against him at his trial and an inmate who allegedly defrauded him of money. But the person he sought help from is a confidential law enforcement informant. Sherifi told the informant that he wanted pictures of the dead bodies and severed heads to warn other potential witnesses not to testify against him.
Details of the “murder-for-hire scheme” were provided in separate affidavits filed against Sherifi’s brother, Shkumbin Sherifi, and Nevine Aly Elshiekh, identified in the documents as Sherifi’s friend. No charges have been filed against Sherifi related to the new plot.
The affidavits allege Elshiekh visited Sherifi several times in his cell. Elshiekh identified herself as “Hysen Sherifi’s friend” and provided the fake hit man the names, addresses, and photos of Sherifi’s intended victims, two of which were witnesses at Sherifi’s federal trial. She also provided $750.00 in cash to the fake hit man, nicknamed “Treetop” or “Tree” in the affidavits.
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