Man charged in Islamic State group case ordered held
GREENBELT, Md. – A citizen of Bangladesh who was living in Maryland and has been charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to the Islamic State group has been ordered held while he awaits trial.
Nelash Mohamed Das of Hyattsville was ordered held during a court hearing Tuesday.
The 24-year-old Das was arrested Sept. 30. Court documents say he was ready to carry out what he thought was an attack on a member of the U.S. military when he was arrested. The supposed attack was set up by a confidential informant for the FBI.
Das' attorney, Julie Stelzig, said in a statement that her client denies the charge against him. She says Das will enter a not-guilty plea.
If convicted, Das faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.