Bond set for Carolina woman accused in beheading plot

Raleigh News & ObserverMarch 8, 2012 

RALEIGH -- A federal judge set bond today for a woman accused of working with a Triangle man convicted of conspiring to commit terror to arrange murder of three witnesses in his case.

Nevine Aly Elshiekh, a special education teacher and daughter of a former N.C. State University professor, accused of being part of a bizarre plot to have three people beheaded can be under house arrest at her parents' home as she awaits trial if she posts $1 million bond.

The judge set bond in a hearing this morning challenging an earlier decision by a magistrate judge.

W. Earl Britt, the federal judge presiding over the proceeding in the 7th floor courtroom of the federal courthouse in downtown Raleigh, told El Shiekh he changed the previous judge's ruling out of respect for her parents.

"You must know that if you violate any of the conditions," Britt told her, "you place their future in extreme difficulty." El Shiekh is accused of transporting notes, photos and money from Hysen Sherifi, a Triangle man convicted of being part of a Triangle terror cell that conspired to wage jihad abroad and at home, to confidential informants and his brother.

Britt told her that working out the logistics of her pre-trial release could take several days and it might be early next week before she begins house arrest.

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