Alleged Reno Terrorist’s Trial Pushed Back to 2016

A federal judge granted a request to move the trial against a Reno man accused of supporting terrorist groups in India and Pakistan to February 2016. This after both the prosecution and defense asked for more time to prepare their cases.

In December, a federal grand jury indicted Balwinder Singh on six charges, including conspiracy to murder, kidnap and maim people in a foreign country; conspiracy to support terrorists and immigration fraud. A judge has also ruled Singh to be a flight risk and a danger to public safety and ordered he be detained until his trial.

A citizen of India when he fled to the U.S. in 1997, Singh claimed asylum, obtaining a permanent resident card in 1999. However in 2012, the leader of Babbar Khalsa International in Pakistan named Singh as the leader of the BKI in the United States.

Singh sent wire transfers of money to several members of the group in India. Telephone conversations between Singh and members of the group revealed their plans to commit acts of terrorism using code words for weapons, ammunition and explosives.

Documents say Singh is also a member of the terrorist organization Khalistan Zindabad Force. Both the BKI and KZF are trying to set up an independent Sikh state in part of the Punjab region of India called Khalistan by using bombings, kidnappings and murders to try to intimidate the Indian government.

But Singh may never face a jury after the Obama administration recently adjusted its policies for allowing asylum-seekers into the country. It will now grant asylum to those who have provided a low level of monetary support to terrorist groups. Justice Department statistics show in 2012, the U.S. granted asylum to 12,000 out of 44,000 people who sought it.

A Department of Homeland Security internal review found at least 70 percent of asylum cases showed signs of fraud. Only 12 percent of those showed clear evidence of fraud, while the remaining 58 percent showed some signs but not enough evidence to make a definitive judgment.

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