HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The Huntsville man accused in a terrorism investigation will have a bond hearing on July 5.
22-year-old Aziz Sayyed is currently in the metro jail without bond. His attorney, Bruce Gardner, says holding him without bond is unconstitutional and the state has no legal authority to hold him. He says prosecutors misread the Alabama rule concerning bail.
Prosecutors say Sayyed is a danger to the public, saying he is not only a danger but that he admitted to some of the accusations. Prosecutors say he confessed to planning to plant explosives in public buildings. And according to a court filing, Sayyed had the materials and chemicals needed to build an explosive devise.
The state says he made several indiscriminate threats to harm many innocent victims, and the threat to the public remains of "great and heightened concern."
Huntsville police and the FBI arrested Sayyed near Big Spring Park.earlier this month. Agents also searched an apartment where he stayed on Galaxy Way near Redstone Arsenal.
WAFF 48 News legal expert Mark McDaniel said defendants are entitled to bond most of the time but there are exceptions. He said a judge can withhold bail in a capital murder case or or in a case that meets certain parameters.
McDaniel said the judge must now weigh the evidence collected by prosecutors to determine if Aziz Sayyed meets that criteria.
"It specifically says, there is a sentence in rule 7.2 that says if the defendant poses a real or present threat to others or the public the court can deny bond," McDaniel said.
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