Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – A federal judge has denied bail to one of three suspects of an alleged plot to kill American troops in Afghanistan.
Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym said in a bond hearing for Arifeen David Gojali, 21, that he poses a danger to the public and is a flight risk. The judge ordered Gojali to remain under the custody of the U.S. Marshal.
Gojali is now detained at the Central Detention Center in San Bernardino along with defendants Ralph Deleon, 23, of Ontario, and Miguel Alejandro Santana Vidriales, 21, of Upland. A fourth suspect, Sohiel Omar Kabir, 34, was arrested in Afghanistan and is awaiting extradition to the U.S.
Gojali, Deleon and Vidriales were arrested on Nov. 16, a few days before they were set to fly to Afghanistan to join Kabir and train as jihad fighters. Their arrest was based on evidences gathered against them by an FBI informant who secretly recorded conversations with them.
Kabir, a naturalized American, recruited the three to train with the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan so they can kill American troops.