Convicted Pinoy terrorist may get new trial

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – New court filings reveal that the Philippine national convicted of terrorism may get another chance to fight to clear his name.

A federal judge has granted Ralph DeLeon a court date to make a plea for another trial.

Last year a jury convicted the Laguna-born DeLeon and Omar Soheil Kabir of a series of terrorism related counts which carry a possible life in prison sentence.

In legal briefs filed this month DeLeon’s defense argued that Ralph, an Islamic convert, was entrapped. However, the previous trial did not allow him to use the entrapment defense resulting in an unfair trial.

The motion claims that many of DeLeon’s so called plans to join Al Qaeda such as physical and weapons training, research, and travel planning were made after the informant had induced DeLeon.

The motion also described DeLeon as a passionate, but naive Islamic convert who’s new religion had causes major uproar in his family which then made him susceptible to being induced by the informant adding that the informant also used money to earn DeLeon’s trust and eventually engaged the defendants in discussions on jihad.

Federal prosecutors argued that DeLeon and his three co-defendants had already begun the alleged terror plot before meeting the informant and DeLeon had taken his own initiative in arranging the plot.

DeLeon’s family has told Balitang America that they are happy that a second trial may take place.

DeLeon and Kabir were originally scheduled to be sentenced in late February.

So far, despite the groundwork for a possible new trial, the judge has ordered that the February 23rd sentencing date shall remain unchanged.

You can contact Steve Angeles at steve_angeles@abs-cbn.com and follow him on Twitter @stevieangeles for more information.

 

 

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  • Delia
    29 January 2015 at 8:31 am - Reply

    Obama will do what he can to stop any court actions. he is too much of an egomaniac to allow any charges. Obama will pardon Ralph DeLeon to released to ISIS or to Taliban join the fights against us. Obama already released 5 radical homicidal islamic maniacs to return to the battlefield , so whats one more .

  • Generoso Magaoay
    29 January 2015 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    Although Ralph de Leon is as criminal as any illegal immigrants, just remember on thing here that he is your KABABAYAN, according to Gel Santos Rios (Balitang America, 2015).

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