PETAH TIKVA, Israel — Authorities on Monday ordered the deportation of 11 members of a Denver-based doomsday cult suspected of plotting millennium violence to hasten the Second Coming of Jesus.
Police brought three other cult members before a magistrate in Petah Tikva in central Israel, asking that they be held for further questioning on suspicion of conspiring to commit "the most serious of crimes that harm state security."
The men denied the allegations.
"I'm not here to hurt anybody. I don't feel I pose a threat of physical harm to anyone," one of the men, identified in court papers as John Bayles, told the court. "I don't feel I have committed any conspiracy."
Bayles, of Denver, and the two other men--identified by their lawyer as Terry Smith, 42, of Eagle, Colo., and Eric Malesic, 36, of Westminster, a Denver suburb--were ordered held another 48 hours until police complete their investigation.