Wednesday 18 October 2017

Two plead not guilty in terror case

One of the men planned to attack an Illinois military facility, according to the federal complaint
One of the men planned to attack an Illinois military facility, according to the federal complaint

An Illinois Army National Guard soldier and his cousin have pleaded not guilty to plotting terrorist attacks in support of Islamic State.

Lawyers for 22-year-old guardsman Hasan Edmonds and Jonas Edmonds, 29, entered the pleas at a Chicago federal court.

Their aunt cried at a spectator's bench as marshals led her nephews away later. Jonas Edmonds looked up and told her: "There's no reason to cry. No reason at all."

A federal complaint says Jonas planned to attack an Illinois military facility while Hasan joined IS fighters. It says Hasan vowed to bring "the flames of war" to America.

Agents arrested Hasan at a Chicago airport and Jonas at his Aurora, Illinois, home last month.

If convicted, they face a maximum 15-year prison term.

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