Terrorism suspect Arafat Nagi denied bail

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Lackawanna man who was taken into custody Wednesday on federal charges of attempting to provide material support for the foreign terrorist organization ISIS was denied bail Friday morning. The judge in Nagi’s bail hearing ruled Nagi to be flight risk and a potential danger to the community.

Nagi’s family wanted the suspect to be detained at his home using an electronic monitoring device but the judge disagreed.

His defense attorney, Jeremy Schwartz, fought for his client to be released on bail during the court process. But, in Nagi’s initial court appearance Wednesday, Prosecutor Joseph Trippi called Nagi a “flight risk” and a danger to the community. Nagi was temporarily detained following his arrest Friday.

Nagi is accused of traveling to Turkey to try to join ISIS in Syria and buying a number of items, like a tactical vest and knife, that federal prosecutors say he intended to use in his anticipated role with ISIS. The criminal complaint also points to a number of pro-ISIS tweets and some social media interaction and texts that prosecutors say shows Nagi’s intent to join ISIS forces in Syria and encourage others to do the same.

Schwartz has questioned the evidence against Nagi, saying that nothing in the criminal complaint is inherently illegal.

If convicted, Nagi faces 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both if convicted.

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