Metro threat suspect seeks pre-trial release
A 25-year-old Arlington County man who allegedly threatened on his Facebook page to use explosives in the Washington area is a "nobody" who does not present a danger and should be released pending trial, his attorneys argue in court papers.
Awais Younis, also known as Mohhanme Khan and Sundullah Ghilzai, talked about bombing a Metro train and putting a pipe bomb under a Georgetown sewer head during conversations he had on Facebook with another user who lives in Lousiana, authorities allege.
Younis's attorney, Frank Salvato, asked a judge to release his client pending trial, saying Younis is not a flight risk or a danger to the community and that conditions such as electronic monitoring or GPS monitoring, oversight by pretrial services and substance abuse or mental health treatement would be sufficient.
"He is a nobody and the government with all its resources and investigative tools would have presented better evidence than scattered pictures in a computer if they had true evidence of real danger, explosives, manhole covers or other real threats," Salvato wrote in papers filed in U.S. District Court in Alexandria. "There is no real threat here and certainly nothing that cannot be effectively dealt with through specific conditions of release."
According to court papers, Younis made menancing statements over Facebook about his correspondent's father, who lives in the Washington area and uses Metro. "Tell your father to cancel work tomorrow," Younis warned, according to the papers.
Younis was indicted on a charge of interstate threatening communication, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.
| January 24, 2011; 1:29 PM ET
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