Jury selection for a Lowcountry man accused of attempting to join ISIS will begin in July.
Zakaryia Abdel Abdin, of Ladson, was arrested by the FBI in March as he allegedly attempted to board a plane to travel overseas to join ISIS, according to a federal complaint. The 18-year-old is still being held at the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center without bond, according to jail records.
Abdin, 18, is accused of attempting to “provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham,” according to the office of U.S. Attorney Beth Drake. He was intercepted by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force at the Charleston International Airport before boarding a flight.
Prosecutors had previously accused Abdin of being “seduced” by ISIS and plotting to kill American troops in North Carolina, according to The Herald. Because South Carolina does not have a terrorism law, however, prosecutors charged with possession of a weapon by a minor.
Jury selection is set to begin on July 11, according to documents filed by the clerk of court of the federal court based in Charleston. The case has been assigned to U.S. Judge Richard Gergel, who presided over the federal hate crimes trial of Dylann Roof.