Judge Orders Men Held Without Bail
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) _ A federal magistrate Wednesday ordered two men held without bail pending trial on charges they tried to smuggle explosives from Canada into the United States.
Magistrate Jerome Niedermeir rejected defense lawyers’ request that bail be set, saying, ″There is a reasonable inference that these defendants were up to no good.″
Walid Nicolas Kabbani, 36 and Walid Majib Mourad, 38, were represented in court Wednesday by attorneys. A third man also facing explosive charges, Georges Fouad Nicolas Younan, 45, was given until a detention hearing Friday to hire an attorney.
The Canadians ″represent a substantial danger to the community,″ U.S. Attorney George Terwilliger said, adding he feared they would flee if released.
The three were arrested over the weekend near the Vermont-Canada border after police found a nylon bag containing two homemade pipe bombs, a detonator and a black head mask.
The men, who live in the Montreal area, face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison if convicted.