California man accused in plot to join al-Qaida denied bail

By REUTERS
November 27, 2012 04:59

 
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RIVERSIDE, Calif. - A California man accused alongside three co-defendants of conspiring to provide support to al-Qaida and Taliban militants plotting attacks against Americans overseas was ordered held without bail on Monday by a federal judge.

Arifeen David Gojali, 21, was arrested with two others last week outside a southern California apartment complex by authorities who said the trio had imminent plans to travel to Afghanistan via Mexico and Turkey to prepare for "violent jihad."

A fourth man, accused ringleader Sohiel Omar Kabir, 34, was apprehended in Afghanistan and remains in custody there, according to the FBI.

The four defendants, all US citizens or permanent residents, are charged with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists.

Kabir is charged with recruiting co-defendants Ralph Deleon, 23, and Miguel Alejandro Santana Vidriales, 21, who converted to Islam under his tutelage. Those two are in turn alleged to have enlisted Gojali.

They each face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

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