Dad: NC man falsely charged with al-Qaida tie

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on November 12, 2013 at 9:17 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A North Carolina father says federal prosecutors have falsely accused his son of planning to join an al-Qaida-linked militant group trying to topple Syria's Bashar Assad in that country's civil war.
 
Javed Sheikh of Cary on Tuesday rejected FBI statements that his 29-year-old son planned to travel from Raleigh to Lebanon, where he'd connect with members of the group Jabhat al-Nusra. The U.S. government considers the radical Islamic group a terrorist organization.
 
Javed Sheikh says he has confidence that U.S. courts will handle the case against Basit Javed Sheikh. Court documents describe Basit Sheikh as a Pakistan native with permanent, legal residency in the U.S.
 
Basit Sheikh was assigned two federal public defenders to represent him. They did not return messages seeking comment Tuesday.



 

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