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Afghan evacuees accused in separate Fort McCoy crimes appear in federal court


MADISON, Wis. — Two Afghan evacuees accused of separate crimes at Fort McCoy appeared in federal court in Madison Thursday morning.

32-year-old Mohammad Haroon Imaad is accused of assaulting his wife by strangling and suffocating her on September 7. Federal court documents show Imaad pleaded not guilty Thursday. Imaad requested an extremely expedited trial date, which the federal court granted. Imaad’s trial was scheduled for November 1st, with the trial expecting to last two days.

Mohammad Haroon Imaad (Courtesy: Dane County Jail)

Imaad faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine if he’s convicted.

20-year-old Bahrullah Noori is being charged with multiple counts relating to the sexual assault of two children at Fort McCoy. Noori stood mute in court on Thursday morning. He faces 30 years to life in prison for the most serious charges against him.

Bahrullah Noori (Courtesy: Dane County Jail)

U.S. attorneys allege Noori tried to engage in a sexual act by using force against a child between the age of 12 and 16. He is also being charged with three other counts of assaulting a different child by touching their genitals under their clothing — once while in the barracks and twice while in the bathroom.

A trial date for Noori has not yet been set.

The two men where indicted in federal court for their respective charges on Wednesday.