Chicago : The lawyer of a 19-year-old Indian American, accused of trying to fly to Turkey to join the Islamic State terror group, today said the US government has no evidence to justify the charges against him, reports PTI.
Mohammed Hamzah Khan, a US citizen, was arrested at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago on October 4 before he attempted to fly to Vienna, Austria, on his way to Turkey. He was charged in a criminal complaint filed in US District Court with one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organisation. “I don’t believe that the evidence is going to show that it was his desire to provide material support to IS,” attorney Tom Durkin said after a preliminary hearing here.
“It will show a lot of things, but I don’t think it is going to show that he intended to provide material support to terrorists,” he said. “While Khan was at the airport, law enforcement agents executed a search warrant at Khan’s home,” a FBI special agent was quoted as saying by the ABC News. “During the search, agents recovered multiple handwritten documents that appeared to be drafted by Khan or other persons, and which expressed support for IS,” the agent said. The documents purportedly included plans for travel to Syria and a letter left for Khan’s parents in which Khan allegedly wrote that there is an obligation to “migrate” to the “Islamic State” now that is has “been established”. Khan’s parents are originally from India. Khan was born in Chicago, Durkin said.