MURDER USA: Arizona Grand Jury indicted Mahin Khan on terror charge after arrest by FBI

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Arizona Grand Jury indicted Mahin Khan, 18, of Tucson, on Terrorism

Arizona Grand Jury indicted Mahin Khan, 18, of Tucson, on Terrorism

MURDER USA: Arizona Grand Jury indicted Mahin Khan on terror charge after arrest by FBI

PHOENIX – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a State Grand Jury indicted Mahin Khan, 18, of Tucson, charging him with Terrorism, Conspiracy to Commit Terrorism, and Conspiracy to Commit Misconduct Involving Weapons. The indictment is the result of an investigation by the Phoenix Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Joint Terrorism Task Force, including agents from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office Special Investigations Section.

“The Attorney General’s Office remains committed to partnering with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and all federal and local law enforcement partners to keep Arizonans safe,” said Attorney General Mark Brnovich.

Khan’s alleged repeated communication and conspiracy with an individual whom he believed to be a fighter with ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) to obtain weapons including pipe bombs or pressure cooker bombs, and commit an act of terror at a Motor Vehicle Division office in Maricopa County.

“I want to commend the work of the Arizona Attorney General’s Offices, Federal, State, and local law enforcement partners and the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force,” said Michael DeLeon Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Phoenix Field Office.  “Incredibly significant to this investigation were the citizens who came forward and alerted investigators to the suspicious behavior. The FBI and prosecutors work every day to protect those who assist with investigations.”

The charges stem from an investigation into Khan’s alleged repeated communication and conspiracy with an individual whom he believed to be a fighter with ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) to obtain weapons including pipe bombs or pressure cooker bombs, and commit an act of terror at a Motor Vehicle Division office in Maricopa County.

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“The FBI continues to identify and address threats to protect the United States and other nations from terrorist attacks,” added DeLeon.  As always, we remind the public to remain vigilant and report suspected terrorist or criminal activity online at tips.fbi.gov.”

Khan was arrested in Tucson on July 1, 2016, by agents from the FBI and agents with the Joint Terrorism Task Force.  He is being held without bond in the Maricopa County Jail pending trial on the indictment.

The prosecutors said that the investigation into Khan’s alleged conspiracy and terror activities remains ongoing, but there is not believed to be a further threat from him or his activities at this time.

IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF ARIZONA

IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF MARICOPA

STATE OF ARIZONA,

Plaintiff,

v.

MAHIN KHAN (001),

Defendant.

Case No: CR2016-005270-001

79 SGJ 66

INDICTMENT

CHARGING VIOLATIONS OF:

COUNT 1: TERRORISM, a Class 2

Felony, in violation of A.R.S. § 13- 2308.01(A)(3);

COUNT 2: CONSPIRACY TO

COMMIT TERRORISM, a Class 2

Felony, in violation of A.R.S. § 13- 2308.01(A)(2);

COUNT 3: CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT

MISCONDUCT INVOLVING

WEAPONS, a Class 4 Felony, in violation

of A.R.S. § 13-3102(A)(3).

The Arizona State Grand Jury accuses MAHIN KHAN, charging on this 6th day of July,

2016 that in or from Maricopa County, Arizona:

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COUNT 1

TERRORISM

On or between April 1, 2015 and July 1, 2016, MAHIN KHAN, solicited, incited or

induced others to promote or further an act of terrorism to wit: at a Motor Vehicle Division

office located in Maricopa County, Arizona, in violation of A.R.S. §§13-2308.01(A)(3), 13-

2301, 13-701, 13-702, 13-703, and 13-801.

COUNT 2

CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT TERRORISM

On or between April 1, 2015 and July 1, 2016, MAHIN KHAN, conspired to commit

terrorism, in violation of A.R.S. §§13-1003, 13-2308.01(A)(2), 13-2301, 13-701, 13-702, 13-

703, and 13-801.

Said offense occurred when MAHIN KHAN with the intent to promote or aid the

commission of an offense, to wit: terrorism at a Motor Vehicle Division office located in

Maricopa County, Arizona, a felony upon the person of another, agreed with one or more

persons that at least one of them or another person would engage in conduct constituting the

offense, in violation of A.R.S. §§ 13-1003, 13-2308.01(A)(2), 13-2301, 13-701, 13-702, 13-703,

and 13-801.

COUNT 3

CONSPIRACY TO COMMITT MISCONDUCT INVOLVING WEAPONS

On or between April 1, 2015 and July 1, 2016, MAHIN KHAN, conspired to commit

misconduct involving weapons, in violation of A.R.S. §§13-1003, 13-3102(A)(2), 13-

3201(A)(8), 13-701, 13-702, 13-703, and 13-801.

Said offense occurred when MAHIN KHAN with the intent to promote or aid the

commission of an offense, to wit: misconduct involving weapons, agreed with one or more

persons that at least one of them or another person would engage in conduct constituting the

offense, and MAHIN KHAN committed overt acts in furtherance of the conspiracy to wit:

furnished instructions on how to construct an improvised explosive device and directed another

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individual to purchase materials to build an improvised explosive device, in violation of A.R.S.

  • § 13-1003, 13-3102(A)(2), 13-3201(A)(8)(viii), 13-701, 13-702, 13-703, and 13-801.

Pursuant to A.R.S. § 21-425, the State Grand Jurors find that the offenses described

above were committed in Maricopa and Pima Counties, Arizona.

(A “True Bill”)

MARK BRNOVICH

ATTORNEY GENERAL

STATE OF ARIZONA

Dated:

SCOTT W. BLAKE Foreperson of the State Grand Jury