Sunday, May 29, 2005

Bomb-Selling Monkey Belongs In Gitmo But Will Remain Jailed In Houston - News - Bomb-Selling Suspect To Remain Jailed In Houston: "HOUSTON -- A man charged with trying to sell a bomb to terrorists will remain jailed in Houston without bond, a judge ruled Thursday.

Ronald Allen Grecula, of Bangor, Pa., has been held without bond since his arrest Friday at a Houston hotel during a meeting with undercover FBI agents. Investigators said Grecula was willing to build and sell an explosive device to terrorists to use against Americans.

He was charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization.

A bond-reduction hearing was held Thursday afternoon. An FBI agent testified that she has recordings of Grecula and his obvious hatred of America, including one where he made a toast saying, 'Everybody wants to kill Americans. I'll drink to that.'

An undercover FBI agent pretended to be an al-Qaida operative.

The judge denied the bond motion and ruled that there was enough evidence in the case to send it to the grand jury.

Grecula's estranged wife, Monique, and their two children, live in The Woodlands.

The FBI said Grecula was also trying to find someone to kill his wife, since she has custody.

Grecula had previously been arrested in Malta for parental kidnapping. He was imprisoned in Pennsylvania before being released in March 2003.

If convicted, he could receive a sentence of up to 15 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.