NC judge releases terrorism beheading plot suspect

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Posted: Mar 08, 2012 5:25 PM
NC judge releases terrorism beheading plot suspect

A federal judge is allowing a North Carolina woman to be released on house arrest pending her trial on charges that she conspired to behead witnesses in a terror case.

Nevine Aly Elshiekh could be imprisoned for life if convicted on the felony charges. But Senior U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt determined she was not a threat to the public and unlikely to flee overseas.

Elshiekh's lawyers said it could be next week before her family could put up the $1 million in cash or property needed to post her bond.

Elshiekh was charged with plotting to behead three witnesses, who were not harmed. The FBI says Elshiekh was acting on behalf of a man convicted in January of plotting to attack a domestic military base and targets overseas.

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