Thursday, December 13, 2007

Third USF student arrested in Megahed, Mohamed case

Remember the case of the two South Florida students who were detained near a military base in South Carolina after pipe bombs were found in their car?

Tampa Bay's Channel 10 is reporting that a third USF student was just arrested.

...Karim Moussaoui was arrested at the Magnolia residence hall Thursday morning on a federal weapons charge in connection with the explosives case against Youssef Megahed and Ahmed Mohamed. The two USF students were arrested in South Carolina in August.

...The federal complaint says Moussaoui entered the Shoot Straight Gun and Archery Range on U.S. 301 in Hillsborough County with Megahed and Mohamed in July.

An FBI agent says Moussaoui told them he did not fire any weapons, but pictures on Megahed's computer allegedly showed Moussaoui at a firing lane with a gun...

Gullette confirmed Moussaoui is a computer engineering major from Morocco who is scheduled to graduate Saturday. [Ed: correction: was scheduled]

...Moussaoui was released from federal custody Thursday afternoon on a $50,000 signature bond... The judge ordered he remain in the country with home detention and electronic monitoring. His attorney Stephen Crawford says Moussaoui is still planning to attend his graduation ceremony Saturday. [Ed: oops.]

Also see: Tampa Bay Online.

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