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No bail for two accused of al Qaeda links
NEW YORK (AP) -- Two U.S. citizens accused of being al Qaeda loyalists were each ordered held without bail yesterday when they appeared in federal courtrooms in New York and Florida.
Tarik Shah, 42, of New York, waved and smiled at supporters and appeared relaxed at his preliminary hearing in U.S. District Court in Manhattan before Magistrate Judge Theodore Katz.
In Fort Pierce, Fla., Rafiq Abdus Sabir, 50, told U.S. District Judge James Hopkins that he had not hired an attorney, and the judge set the next hearing in his case for Monday.
Neither defendant entered a plea on the single charge of conspiring to provide material support to al Qaeda.
Prosecutors say the two men swore a formal oath of loyalty to al Qaeda as they conspired to use their skills in martial arts and medicine to aid international terrorism.
The men were arrested Friday in a sting operation that the government said began in 2003. If convicted, each could face a sentence of 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.