Federal grand jury indicts Arafat Nagi for alleged support of ISIL

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A man in jail on accusations of supporting ISIL has been indicted by federal a grand jury.

U.S. Attorney William Hochul says just before 5 p.m. Wednesday he was notified of an two count indictment returned by a federal grand jury. Arafat Nagi has been indicted on two charges of attempting to provide material support to ISIL.

Hochul says the two separate counts are due to his attempt to provide support to ISIL two different times by flying to Turkey and allegedly traveling into ISIL territories.

MORE | Learn how police brought charges against Nagi here. 

On July 29, Hochul stood by law enforcement when he unsealed a federal criminal complaint charging Nagi, a Lackawanna native, of attempting to support ISIL via trips to Turkey.

Hear Hochul talk about the indictment below:

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Nagi has been on the radar of local and federal police since 2001. The charges were built against Nagi over a course of almost a year while they pored through his travel history and more.

There has been no court date set as of yet, but when he heads to trial, Nagi faces up to 30 years behind bars and a fine of up to $500,000 if found guilty of both counts.

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