The deranged leader of a New Mexico cult believed she could reincarnate Jesus Christ through the body of her polygamist husband’s disabled son so he could guide them to corrupt institutions that needed to be destroyed, according to the FBI.
The twisted theory came to light Friday when the feds in the Southwest hit five people, including the son of a controversial Brooklyn imam, with gun possession and trafficking charges.
The leader, Jany Leveille, a Haitian woman the FBI has also charged with overstaying her visa, preached that the Messiah and Antichrist were coming soon and she was trying to recruit members to their cult.
She believed that the child would guide them to “corrupt institutions they need to get rid of,” including schools, military bases, police stations and financial institutions, according to FBI Special Agent Adelfa Garcia. Those who weren’t killed would be imprisoned.
The boy’s father, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, the son of Bed-Stuy Imam Siraj Wahhaj, whom the Justice Department has called an unindicted co-conspirator to the 1992 World Trade Center bombing, kidnapped his three-year-old son, Abdul-Ghani, in Georgia in Dec. 2017 from the child’s mother.
Leveille, who was married to Wahhaj at the same time as Ramzi, believed her to be a rival and accused her of using “black magic” to steal a Abdul-Ghani from her womb.
The boy who suffered from the birth defect Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, which caused him to be developmentally disabled and walk with a limp, was prone to seizures. His mother told authorities that he needed medication and constant attention.
But Leveille and Wahhaj drove the child back to a heavily-armed cult compound, landscaped with tunnels, bunkers and a shooting range. There they held rituals, reciting scripture over the boy, who would froth at the mouth and sometimes choke, according to the federal charges. Sometime between Dec. 2017 and Feb. 2018, the Abdul-Ghani died.
Afterward, Wahhaj, who once worked as a security guard in Brooklyn, prepared for the day the boy would rise again as Jesus Christ.
He trained the other men and some of the older children in the compound in “firearms and military tactics, including tactical reloads, disarmament techniques, clearing buildings, rapid reloads and hand-to-hand combat.”
Police obtained a letter from Wahhaj to his brother urging him to join him in the desert.
“Allah says He will protect you always, so follow, until He makes you a martyr as you wanted and the only way is by joining the righteous [us],” he wrote in the note. “You will meet Isa also here in about 4 months in sha Allah. So hurry, do NOT drag your feet, leave whatever we told you and follow what brother Luqman is telling you. Take all your money out the bank and bring your guns.”
In July, police raided the compound on a tip that children there were being abused, they found 11 starving kids and an arsenal, including three high-powered rifles,seven handguns, a shotgun and a large amount of ammunition, according to the FBI.
The feds believe that Wahhaj brought the guns to the compound illegally during the trip to kidnap Abdul-Ghani.
In addition to Wahhaj and Levielle, authorities also charged the other adults in the compound, including Lucas Morton and sisters Hujrah Wahhaj and Subhanah Wahhaj.