New Information Emerges about Terrorism Suspects

TOLEDO -- News 11 did some digging and came up with new information about Mohammad Zaki Amawi, Marwan Othman El-Hindi, and Wassim Mazloum. Federal agents linked the three men -- all of whom have Toledo ties -- to a terrorist plot. They appeared in federal courts in Toledo and Cleveland Tuesday on terrorism-related charges.

Amawi has dual citizenship in the US and in Jordan, where he was arrested. His last known address was an apartment near Hill Avenue in Toledo.

Amawi's brother, who does not want to be identified, said Mohammad is a talented artist and a sensitive man, not a terrorist. "We're going through a very, very difficult time," he said, "and I believe if my brother can hear my voice, keep the faith. They have nothing on him. I'm quite sure they have nothing. You're innocent."

Family members also say Mohammad worked as a travel agent at AZ Services and Travel in west Toledo. Justin Covyaw, manager of AZ Services and Travel, told News 11 Mohammad left the company in August 2005.

Marwan Othman El-Hindi is a naturalized US citizen, and is also from Jordan. The FBI says he was in the process of moving from a Mayo Street address to a home on Suder Avenue when he was arrested.

Beth Geer lives across the street from the Suder Avenue home. "You never know, I guess," she said. "You never know what your neighbor is going to be."

We've learned that El-Hindi was arrested in 2001 in Oregon, Ohio, for receiving stolen property after pills were stolen from a Kroger store. That charge was later dismissed.

News 11 also uncovered these facts: El-Hindi worked as an Imam, a Muslim cleric, at the Toledo Correctional Facility for three months in 2003 -- and a company called European Medical Studies and Services names El-Hindi as its CEO, and lists a post office box in Toledo. The FBI would not say if information from the company's Web site played a role in its investigation.

Neighbors say El-Hindi, his wife, and several children were mysterious. Beth Geer told News 11, "They didn't associate with anyone. The children didn't play with anyone. You very seldom saw them actually outside."

Wassim Mazloum is a student at the University of Toledo. He operates a car lot on Reynolds Road. The FBI believes the lot was a cover -- providing a way to travel to Iraq on so-called business. But investigators believe Mazloum was actually planning terrorist strikes with the other two men.

Marwan Othman El-Hindi and Wassim Mazloum are due back in a Toledo federal courtroom on Friday for a detention hearing. For now, the suspects are being held without bond.

Count on News 11 to bring you more information as this story develops.

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