Feds: Ohio man tried to arrange murder of federal judge handling case

Posted at 11:21 AM, Jul 07, 2016

Federal prosecutors say a jailed terrorism suspect in Ohio tried to arrange the murder of a federal judge overseeing his case.

Authorities on Wednesday said the man from the United Arab Emirates told another inmate in Toledo last April that he wanted to have the judge kidnapped and killed.

Prosecutors say Yahya Farooq Mohammad then arranged for the delivery of money to an undercover FBI employee to carry out the plan.

Mohammad was indicted Wednesday on charges including attempted first degree murder of a federal officer. His attorney said they will vigorously contest what he called highly orchestrated charges.

Mohammad is one of four men with Ohio ties accused last year of trying to send money and other assistance to a known al Qaida leader. He has pleaded not guilty.