May 26 (Bloomberg) -- A U.S. citizen charged with conspiring to provide support to al-Qaeda and creating his “own mini-terror cell” was ordered held without bail after he pleaded not guilty in federal court in New York.That's what he gets for following the ROPMA.
Wesam El-Hanafi, 35, poses a danger to the community and is a flight risk, U.S. Magistrate Judge Debra Freeman in Manhattan said today at his arraignment.
Assistant U.S. Attorney John Cronan said El-Hanafi, who was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, was “turned on” to al-Qaeda while living in the U.S. and traveled to Yemen in February 2008 to meet the network’s senior leaders.
“Mr. El-Hanafi joined the group and he provided very real support to them,” Cronan said. “This is someone who knowingly joined a group whose purpose is to attack America.”
El-Hanafi and co-defendant Sabirhan Hasanoff, 34, are charged with agreeing to provide support to a known terror group, the U.S. said in an indictment. If convicted, both men face as long as 15 years in prison.
Two New Yorkers Charged with Aid to al Qaeda after Yemen Trip
Cross posted at the Jawa Report