Three alleged ISIS recruits from Minnesota were denied a pre-trial release from jail at a federal court hearing Wednesday morning in Minneapolis. The 3 defendants are half of a group of 6 accused of trying to travel to Syria to fight with ISIS. The young men were arrested by the FBI in April -- 4 of them in Minneapolis and 2 others in San Diego, where they planned to buy forged passports .
Defense attorneys pushing for the pre-trial release had set up various de-radicalization programs with a balance of volunteer work and education. But prosecutors argued this proposal wouldn't protect the community or guarantee the suspects will return to court.
"Don't be disheartened,” the federal judge told defendant Hanad Musse at his 11 a.m. hearing.
CASE BACKGROUND - 6 Minnesota men charged with supporting ISIS
Another alleged ISIS recruit, Abdullahi Yusuf, was released to a halfway house earlier this year but later returned to jail in April after a boxcutter was found under his bed.