Prosecutors plan to seek new charges against accused terrorist

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Federal prosecutors plan to seek new charges against a Ladson teenager accused of trying to join ISIS.

The announcement came during a status hearing Tuesday morning for 18-year-old Zakaryia Abdin.

Prosecutors said they will go before a grand jury to seek a new indictment against Abdin.

Abdin was arrested at the Charleston International Airport in March.Authorities say he was about to board a flight to the Middle East.

An affidavit states Abdin sought help online from a person he thought was affiliated with ISIS, but was really an undercover FBI agent.

The court documents state Abdin originally planned to carry out an attack on U.S. soil, similar to the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida that left 49 people dead.

According to the court papers, Abdin changed his plans and instead tried to join ISIS so he could fight American soldiers "to the death."

During Tuesday's hearing prosecutors said a lot of the evidence in the case is classified information.

Judge Richard Gergel said the case is complicated and involves national security.

Gergel said he will have to determine how and where the information will be kept.

"It's obviously new to us and we want to get it right," Gergel said.

Gergel delayed setting a trial date for Abdin.

As it stands now, Abdin faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

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