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Amirov Arraigned For Plot with Mehdiyev with AK47 by Home of Iran Dissident Masij Alinejad

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Jan 27 vlog

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Feb 1 - A man from Azerbaijan was arrested with an AK-47 style assault rifle surveilling the Brooklyn home of an Iranian journalist, Inner City Press exclusively reported learned on July 29, 2022,

   In the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York past 5 pm that day, a detention or release proceeding was held by Magistrate Judge Sarah Cave on defendant Khalid Mehdiyev. He was heavy-set and in a black T-shirt, escorted in by two US Marshals. Inner City Press was the only media there. Complaint on Patreon here

On January 27, 2023, Mehdiyev's paymaster was presented, but not arraigned, again before Judge Cave. He was in a black t-shirt, repeating "Da" sullenly, detained on consent with a taxpayer-funded lawyer. He will next appear before Judge Colleen McMahon on January 31 at 4 pm. Inner City Press will stay on the cases, including of Polad Omarov, set to be extradited in from the Czech Republic. Vlog here

  On February 1, both Amirov and Mehdiyev were on court before District Judge Colleen McMahon. The prosecutor cited two terabytes of discovery, and possible CIPA motion practice.

 After Amirov pleaded not guilty, and his lawyer said he will work to get up to speed, the next date was set: May 2 at 2 pm. Judge McMahon asked, even before that (in 45 days) for a status report on the extradition of the third defendant, Polad Omorov, from the Czech Republic. The prosecutor said it could take month, or a year, or more than a year. Judge McMahon said she would move forward with these two defendants.

  Back on July 29, Assistant US Attorney Matthew Hellman described Mehdiyev in a borrowed car, a gray Subaru Forester SUV with  an Illinois license plate, with 66 rounds of ammunition and the gun, outside the house of a person he described as an Iranian dissident and human rights activist who was previously the targets of an indicted plot by Iranian government operatives to kidnap her.

  Inner City Press' research upon leaving the Magistrates Court found that Alireza Shavaroghi Farahani, Mahmoud Khazein, Kiya Sadeghi and Omid Noori, all living in Iran — were accused of conspiring to kidnap a Brooklyn journalist, human rights activist who has been critical of the Iranian regime, with a fifth, Niloufar Bahadorifar, accused of providing financial support. The target was identified as Masih Alinejad.

  Mehdiyev's assigned Criminal Justice Act lawyer argued that he faces only five years in prison on the gun charge, and for release. But Judge Cave found his a danger, and a flight risk, and ordered him detained.

  The preliminary hearing was set in two weeks.

The case is US v. Mehdiyev, 22-mj-6185 (Cave)



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