According to court documents, a Cuban-born man alleged to be secretly helping an international militant organization by posting recruitment videos on social media is being held in a Miami federal lockup.
The 23-year-old man who resides close to Fort Myers was refused bail and convicted in Miami last week of supplying material assistance to ISIS, an al-Qaeda offshoot that has achieved prominence through Middle Eastern conflicts and the decapitation of Western hostages. In September, the man was arrested in Miami while meeting with an FBI operative acting undercover.
A naturalized U.S. citizen, the man faces a single terrorist charge of up to 20 years in jail and has an arraignment scheduled for January 7. In the U.S. counter-terrorism section, his defense counsel says he plans to carry out a plea bargain with U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecutors to limit his future punishment.
Per the FBI affidavit, the propaganda films, graphics, and instructional guides were planned to inspire and equip predominantly Spanish-speaking followers to conduct tactical attacks supporting the militant Islamist group ISIS.
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