Arian Taherzadeh, sketch of detention hearing for the two men accused of imitating DHS agents.
Source: Bill Hennessy
A judge on Tuesday granted bail to two men in Washington, DC, criminally accused of forgiving federal law enforcement agents.
Judge G. Michael Harvey’s ruling in the federal court for the District of Columbia came a week after the arrest of the men, Haider Ali and Arian Taherzadeh.
Prosecutors, who said the men who tricked secret agents and others into claiming to be agents of the Homeland Security Department, asked Harvey to detain both men without bail pending their trial, and called they pose a threat to the public.
Filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, DC, by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia
Courtesy: U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia
A cache of weapons and police equipment was found in apartments maintained by the men, who lent two expensive apartments to two secret service agents, according to prosecutors.
But Harvey said the case did not meet the standards for denying bail to a suspect, especially since neither is accused of a crime of violence.
Harvey said the men could be released into custody of relatives living in the Washington area.
“In that case, release should be the norm,” Harvey said.
“It’s not a violent crime. It’s a crime, but it’s a crime with a maximum term of imprisonment of three years.”
The judge also noted that if the duo is convicted of the crime, directives condemn to impose a prison sentence of just zero to six months, the lowest possible range for imprisonment under those guidelines.
Four secret service agents who had contact with the men were placed on administrative leave.
Among the witnesses against the men are secret agents who were assigned to the protective detail of First Lady Jill Biden and the White House.
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