- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 23, 2002

Rabbi spared death sentence

FREEHOLD, N.J. A rabbi convicted of hiring two hit men to kill his wife was spared the death penalty yesterday and given a life sentence.

Fred J. Neulander, 61, a founder of a large suburban Philadelphia congregation, was convicted Wednesday of murder and murder conspiracy in the bludgeoning death of Carol Neulander, 52.

Prosecutors said the rabbi had his wife killed so he could continue an extramarital affair with a woman who was the host of a Philadelphia radio show.

Yesterday morning, the rabbi pleaded with the jury to spare his life.

He cited the Book of Genesis, in which the Egyptian Pharaoh asks Jacob, “How many are the days of the years of your life?” It was a recurring theme as he reviewed his life before and after the 1994 murder in their suburban Philadelphia home.

“I have acknowledged for the longest time my behavior that was reprehensible and disgraceful, and yet you must believe I love her and loved her,” Neulander said, prompting gasps from the victim's siblings who attended the hearing.

Judge orders deportation of Muslim charity leader

A Detroit judge yesterday ordered that a Muslim charity leader accused of links to the al Qaeda network be deported along with his family, saying he represents a security risk to the United States.

Nabih Haddad has been detained for 11 months, but not charged with any serious crime, in a case that has drawn national attention from civil rights advocates.

The U.S. Treasury Department has charged that Mr. Haddad's Illinois-based charity, the Global Relief Foundation, has well-established ties to al Qaeda operatives, and put the group on a list of “Specially Designated Global Terrorist” organizations last month.

Federal agents seized its assets when they arrested Mr. Haddad in December.

Mr. Haddad has fought deportation and asked for asylum in the United States, saying he fears for his life in his native Lebanon.

U.S. Immigration Court Judge Robert D. Newberry denied his request and ordered that he and his wife and three children be deported.

Forty-two indicted in immigration ring

CHARLOTTE, N.C. An immigration-fraud ring centered in Charlotte sold fake and illegally obtained immigration and identification documents to would-be immigrants from China, Hong Kong and Malaysia, according to a federal indictment announced yesterday.

Forty-two persons are charged with either running the operation or purchasing documents from it, U.S. Attorney Bob Conrad Jr. said.

Mr. Conrad declined to comment on whether the purported fraud scheme was linked to arrests Thursday at an east Charlotte home. A television report said federal agents believe a prostitution ring with links to international organized crime was operating out of the home.

He said only that investigators were looking into possible criminal activities by people who were in the country on documents obtained in the reported scheme.

Plane diverted after man threatens passenger

ANCHORAGE, Alaska A Northwest Airlines jet carrying 351 persons from Minneapolis to Tokyo was diverted to Anchorage and searched by bomb-sniffing dogs after an unruly passenger claimed to be a terrorist, the FBI said.

Alcohol and medication are believed to have been involved in the incident Thursday, said FBI Agent Eric Gonzalez.

The passenger, Matthew Leggett, 42, of Houston was charged with interfering with a flight crew, Mr. Gonzalez said. He was taken to Alaska Psychiatric Institute.

Mr. Leggett was scheduled to appear in federal court Monday.

Comatose woman to be allowed to die

CLEARWATER, Fla. The husband of a woman who has been in a vegetative state for 12 years can disconnect her feeding tube and allow her to die, a judge ruled yesterday in a long-running case that pitted the man against his in-laws.

Circuit Judge George W. Greer said the tube supplying nourishment to 38-year-old Terri Schiavo would be removed Jan. 3. “This is about Terri's wishes,” said her husband, Michael Schiavo. Her parents said they will appeal.

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