A man in the back of the packed courtroom stood up and shouted: "This is not justice. You cannot hold someone without evidence. You should ask us. Ask the community!"
The man was escorted from the courtroom. A few spectators clapped. The four defendants smiled and gave a thumbs up sign as they left the court room.
Earlier, the federal magistrate had decided there is enough evidence against Adnan Farah, Zacharia Abdurahman, Hanad Musse, and Guled Omar to proceed to trial. Two other defendants from Minnesota, Mohamed Farah (brother of Adnan) and Abdurahman Daud, were arrested in California and face extradition. All the men face various charges of providing material support to the terror group ISIL. "Material support" can include simply a plan to travel to Syria to join ISIS.
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About 200 community members attended the court hearing, most expecting the four to be released on bail. After the hearing many people were visibly angry and some crying.
"We have a problem," said Halina Ahmed, grandmother of Adnan and Mohamed Farah. Through tears she said, "We ask American community to find who is behind this problem."
The US Attorney laid out the governments case during the preliminary hearing through three hours of testimony by FBI Special Agent Harry Samit. The case relies in large part on information provided by a confidential informant, who on two previous occasions had lied to the FBI about his own travel plans to Syria to fight for ISIL.
In court it was revealed the FBI informant has been paid $12,700.54 for his cooperating in the case. Prosecutors say since charges were unveiled on Monday, the informant has had threats made against him and his family on social media, and that the FBI is investigating those threats.
Defense attorney's for the four men had argued that most of the men were born in the US and have clean criminal records. Defense Attorney Paul Engh, who is representing Adnan Farah, called the case "thin," and said there was a difference between thinking about doing something, and actually carrying out any plans to do so.
Engh also raised a concern that his client and others were kept in solitary confinement, sometimes wore shackles, and were not being given access to hygiene materials. The federal magistrate said she would look into those concerns with the US Marshal.