Riverside Terror Suspect Denied Bail
RIVERSIDE (CBS/AP) — A judge Monday denied bail for a Riverside man who is one of four men accused of plotting to kill Americans and destroy U.S. targets in the Middle East.
Judge Sheri Pym declared Arifeen David Gojali, 21, a flight risk and a potential danger to the community.
Gojali, 23-year-old Ralph Deleon of Ontario, 34-year-old Sohiel Omar Kabir of Pomona, and 21-year-old Miguel Alejandro Santana Vidriales of Upland were charged Nov. 16 after an FBI investigation revealed the men allegedly conspired to join Al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan.
According to court documents, Kabir introduced Deleon and Vidriales to radical Islamic doctrine in 2010.
Deleon and Vidriales converted to Islam and began to engage with Kabir on Facebook and other social networking platforms.
Investigators claim Kabir traveled to Afghanistan in July and told the two men he would introduce them to those associated with the Taliban and Al-Qaeda when they arrived overseas.
Deleon and Vidriales told a confidential FBI source that they planned to go to Afghanistan to engage in “violent jihad.”
In September, Gojali was recruited by the men to participate in the plot.
Deleon and Vidriales are being held without bail. Kabir is in federal custody in Afghanistan.
If convicted, they face up to 15 years in prison.
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