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“The defense is trying to get the evidence against the Phoenix man thrown out. Defense Attorney Daniel Maynard argued Kareem was under distress from his diabetes when he gave two voluntary interviews to FBI agents.” So apparently Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem admitted his role in this jihad mass murder plot, but now he wants to get his statements thrown out on a technicality.

The court should not allow this man to go free. The technical difficulties surrounding his statement do not mitigate the fact that he was plotting the murder of hundreds of people in the cause of Islam and jihad.

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“Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem update: Suspected terrorist in Federal Court hoping to get released,” by MaryEllen Resendez, ABC15.com, November 24, 2015:

PHOENIX – A suspected terrorist was in Federal Court Tuesday hoping to get released.

Abdul Kareem is accused of helping Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi plan the terrorist attack at an anti- Mohammed event in Garland, Texas.

The defense is trying to get the evidence against the Phoenix man thrown out.

Defense Attorney Daniel Maynard argued Kareem was under distress from his diabetes when he gave two voluntary interviews to FBI agents.

One special agent testified Kareem appeared nervous and at one point did ask for an ambulance.

But a second FBI agent testified he was calm, not sweating and that cookies and treats were provided in case he needed them because he was diabetic.

Maynard also wants evidence found on his client’s computer thrown out based on the fact it was illegally collected from a search warrant aimed to collect evidence against a roommate, not Kareem.

Federal Court Judge Susan Bolton moved the January trial to February 16 in order to give time for the legal wrangling and her ruling.

An earlier report has other interesting details:

“Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem update: Phoenix terror suspect could go free,” by Navideh Forghani, ABC15.com, October 5, 2015 (thanks to Larry):

PHOENIX – The man accused of helping plan an attack on a provocative Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest that ended with two Phoenix men being killed, might get his freedom back.

Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem is accused of hosting the gunmen at his home beginning in January and providing the guns used in the May 3 shooting in Garland, Texas.

Kareem could be a free man if a federal judge rules in favor of his attorney’s motion to get his case dismissed. The 12-page motion, filed September 28, says errors were made by federal agents during their investigation.

Kareem’s attorney Daniel Maynard also details a key piece of evidence that is missing from the case.

Kareem became a top suspect immediately after the shooting. Federal documents reveal, he was already on their radar after they discovered files on his computer during an “unrelated” search warrant.

Kareem was interviewed at FBI headquarters two days after the shooting incident.

According to court documents, the feds say “Malik voluntarily provided information.”

His attorney says the only evidence he got from the feds about that interview was a four page summary, with no direct quotes from his client. The summary only offered the agent’s impression of Kareem’s interview. And, the summary was written the next day.

In addition, the interview wasn’t recorded, which goes against a 2014 policy that requires all interviews with agents be recorded.

The FBI claimed it had technical difficulties, but the motion also reveals agents had no issues recording several other interviews.

Recorded interviews with a confidential informant were conducted at the informant’s house. Another witness interview was also recorded at the witness’s home. And other recorded interviews were conducted with three people at a juvenile detention facility. And, agents were able to record another interview that was held in the desert.

Yet for some reason, there were difficulties recording Kareem’s interview at FBI headquarters.

The motion also questions whether Kareem was made aware of his Miranda Rights and that he was in legal custody.

Maynard also states his client suffers from diabetes which causes him to sometimes be confused, which brings into question if his client’s statement was voluntary.

Maynard is asking the judge to dismiss the case, or at least have the statement Kareem gave the feds thrown out….

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