Jury deliberations underway on Fil-Am terror suspect

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Sept. 18, 2014

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The fate of a Filipino American accused of terrorism is in the hands of a jury after the lengthy trial wrapped up at a federal courthouse in Riverside, California.

Closing arguments in the trial of Ralph Deleon and Omar Soheil Kabir took place Wednesday with prosecutors saying that for a guilty verdict to occur, jurors only needed to find that Deleon and Kabir had the intent and made plans to join al Qaeda to carry out terror acts against the United States.

Prosecutors continued to tell jurors that Kabir radicalized the Laguna-born and Catholic-raised DeLeon and his friends Miguel Santana and Arifeen David Gojali in 2010.

Santana and Gojali pleaded guilty before the trial began, with Gojali testifying against his co-defendants.

Just as they opened, defense teams closed by reminding jurors that despite some of the conversations that took place about Islamic extremism, the men were misguided potheads and all talk. The added that the defendants were never capable of thinking of or carrying out the plan. They said the case itself may have even been brought on by an FBI informant with a criminal past who intended to entrap the men.

You can contact Steve Angeles at steve_angeles@abs-cbn.com for more information. Follow him on Twitter at @stevieangles.

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  • Mario
    18 September 2014 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    Republican Michelle Bachman passed a bill that revoke the passport of any American who join ISIS.Democrats are pro Moslem and called Islam a religion of peace.UK and Austraila politicians passed the same bill and deportation on member of their family are being debated. I wish those Pinoys who intended to join terrorist group will have their citizenship revoke and immediate deportation to follow.