Student: Explosive Arrests Illegal


The students Ahmed Mohamed and Youssef Megahed - were arrested Aug. 4 after deputies in South Carolina say they found explosive materials in the trunk of their car.

In a court document filed Friday, an assistant Federal Public Defender wrote that the South Carolina arresting deputy used racial slurs, did not believe 'reasonable stories' provided by the two students and searched their car with no probable cause.

Megahed and Mohamed were pulled over In Berkeley County, S.C., for speeding. The public defender says the deputy told his partner on videotape that the two students are 'graduates of suicide bomber school' and members of the 'Taliban.' He also jokes that they have a copy of the Koran with them. At one point, the court document states, Blakely becomes concerned that the remarks are being taped.

Megahed's public defender writes that the car was not speeding and, therefore, was stopped illegally. He has asked the court to throw out all the evidence found during the traffic stop.

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