RALEIGH, N.C. — A federal judge wants a North Carolina man charged with seeking to join an al-Qaida-linked militant group to face trial this summer, months earlier than prosecutors say they need to give defense lawyers everything U.S. intelligence agencies might have collected.
U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle told prosecutors their proposed September trial date was too long for Basit Sheikh of Cary to wait. He was arrested two months ago in Raleigh’s airport at the start of what prosecutors say would have been a trek to join the civil war in Syria.
The FBI says he planned to fight against government forces on the side of Jabhat al-Nusra, which the U.S. government has declared a terrorist group. The FBI says Sheikh expressed a desire to fight in online messages they were monitoring.