NEWARK (AP) — A northern New Jersey man charged with plotting to support the Islamic State group has made his initial appearance in federal court and was held without bail.

FBI (Joe Raedle, Getty Images)

Sporting a beard and glasses, Alaa Saadeh entered U.S. District Court in Newark on Monday shackled and wearing a red T-shirt and black shorts.

The 23-year-old Saadeh is charged in a criminal complaint with conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic militant organization, aiding and abetting and witness tampering. All three charges carry maximum sentences of 20 years.

The complaint alleges he bought a plane ticket for his brother to fly to the Middle East to join the Islamic State. It also alleges he told a friend to lie if he was questioned by the FBI.


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