2nd Iraqi charged in terror case waives hearing

BOWLING GREEN — An Iraqi refugee accused of trying to send weapons from the United States to al-Qaida operatives in Iraq waived his right to argue for release pending trial, just minutes before the proceedings were set to begin Wednesday.

Scott Wendelsdorf, the public defender for Waad Ramadan Alwan, 30, opted not to pursue a bond hearing in Bowling Green but did not give a reason why. Wendelsdorf left the federal courthouse without commenting. A waiver filed in federal court said only that Alwan reserved the right to ask for a bond hearing in the future.

Alwan is charged in a 23-count indictment with conspiracy to kill a U.S. national, conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support to terrorists.

Also charged Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, 23, who waived a detention hearing Tuesday. Hammadi is charged with attempting to provide material support to terrorists and knowingly transferring, possessing or exporting a device designed or intended to launch or guide a rocket or missile.

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