Bond denied for Iranian national accused of assaulting sheriff's deputies

Bond denied for Iranian national accused of assaulting sheriff's deputies

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A Hancock County judge denied bond for an Iranian national who is accused of making terroristic threats and assaulting two sheriff's deputies.

Tuesday, Judge Desmond Hoda ruled Safa Alidoust, 32, will remain in the Hancock County Jail without bond. At his hearing, Alidoust was wearing the highest security, solid red jail jumpsuit. It means he allegedly committed a violent crime against a law enforcement officer.

"He does have an explanation for what happened," said Public Defender Cindy Burney.

Investigators say Alidoust threatened to set off explosive devices he claimed were in his car on Sunday near the Louisiana-Mississippi state line on Interstate 10.

Officials were forced to shut down a portion of I-10 for more than two hours while the Biloxi Bomb Squad investigated the scene. Officials say no explosives were found in the car.

But his attorney argued that Alidoust deserved to be let out of jail on bond for several reasons.

"He is a Louisiana resident and has been so for some time," explained Burney. "He is employed in Louisiana and intends to return there and does have a work visa."

Burney told Justice Court Judge Desmond Hoda her client had been in contact with his employer and his job at a petroleum company was waiting for him when he was released. Alidoust burst into tears, moments before the judge announced his decision.

"It's our stance that he's a foreign national and he made those kinds of threats and we take them seriously and we're afraid he won't show up for court," said Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam.

Judge Hoda agreed, denying Alidoust a bond. Which means he will sit in jail until his preliminary hearing court date.

Attorney Burney said, "I was disappointed, but it was somewhat expected. However, I will still be trying at a later hearing to get him a bond."

The county prosecutor told WLOX Alidoust is expected to be back in court for his preliminary hearing October 27th.

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