New York

Man accused of supporting terrorism wants charges dropped

  • FILE - In this July 29, 2015 file photo, U.S. Attorney William Hochul speaks about the arrest of Arafat Nagi during a news conference in Buffalo, N.Y. Authorities say Nagi was planning his third trip to Turkey, with plans to continue to Syria to join the fighters, at the time of his arrest last summer. Nagi's lawyer has filed a motion to dismiss an indictment charging the Lackawanna man with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. A federal court hearing is scheduled for Thursday, June 9, 2016, in Buffalo. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson, File)

    FILE - In this July 29, 2015 file photo, U.S. Attorney William Hochul speaks about the arrest of Arafat Nagi during a news conference in Buffalo, N.Y. Authorities say Nagi was planning his third trip to Turkey, with plans to continue to Syria to join the fighters, at the time of his arrest last summer. Nagi's lawyer has filed a motion to dismiss an indictment charging the Lackawanna man with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. A federal court hearing is scheduled for Thursday, June 9, 2016, in Buffalo. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this 2013 arrest file photo provided by the Lackawanna, N.Y. Police Department, Arafat Nagi is shown. Nagi, who is accused of making plans to join the Islamic State group in Syria, wants the charges against him dropped. Nagi's lawyer has filed a motion to dismiss an indictment in 2015 charging the Lackawanna man with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. A federal court hearing is scheduled for Thursday, June 9, 2016, in Buffalo. (Lackawanna, N.Y. Police Department via AP, File)

    FILE - In this 2013 arrest file photo provided by the Lackawanna, N.Y. Police Department, Arafat Nagi is shown. Nagi, who is accused of making plans to join the Islamic State group in Syria, wants the charges against him dropped. Nagi's lawyer has filed a motion to dismiss an indictment in 2015 charging the Lackawanna man with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. A federal court hearing is scheduled for Thursday, June 9, 2016, in Buffalo. (Lackawanna, N.Y. Police Department via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

A New York man accused of making plans to join the Islamic State group in Syria wants the charges against him dropped.

Arafat Nagi's (NAH'-geez) lawyer has filed a motion to dismiss an indictment charging the Lackawanna (lak-ah-WAH'-nah) man with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

A federal court hearing is scheduled for Thursday in Buffalo.

Authorities say Nagi was planning his third trip to Turkey, with plans to continue to Syria to join the fighters, at the time of his arrest last summer. They say he'd bought a machete, night goggles and body armor, and pledged allegiance online to the Islamic State group.

Defense lawyer Jeremy Schwartz says charging Nagi for allegedly trying to join a particular group violates his constitutional rights, including freedom of speech.