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NJ Man Arrested for Trying to Join Al Shabaab After October 7 via Egypt Gets Jan 2025 Trial

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY EXCLUSIVE, Jan 30 – A man who left New Jersey to try to join Al Shabaab, inspired or triggered by the October 7 Hamas terrorist attack on Israel and its aftermath, argued to be released on bail on December 29 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrates Court.

Inner City Press was there, the only media in the SDNY Mag court, and live tweeted, thread:

KARREM NASR, a US citizen, was taken into custody in Nairobi, Kenya on Dec 14, 2023 and was transported to the US yesterday.   Nasr is led in by US Marshals.

Judge: You were unemployed when you went overseas? Nasr: I left my job. Judge: You have $1700 in savings and some community college? Nasr: Yes. AUSA: We seek detention. 

Judge: I would have to speak with the parents. FD: I want a decision today. 

 AUSA: Even with Internet restriction, he could see the Hamas Israel war in the newspapers, they are still a thing.

 Judge: These are terrorism charges... You chose jihad over studying. I order you detained. 

On January 30, Nasr appeared before the assigned District Judge, Analisa Torres, to whom another bail application will be made. Thread:

Marshals bring him in and he waves at some family members here in the gallery.

All rise!

Judge: Any discovery under CIPA [Classified Information Procedure Act]? AUSA: We'll need a month. Judge: July 8. Federal Defender: For a conference?

Judge: No. For the trial.

AUSA: Given the volume of discovery, we need 90 days. Judge: I'll need to push the trial to January 6 [2025] due to my calendar.

Federal Defender: We're going to ask for bail again, with his Soecial Education records.

Judge:  OK. Adjourned.

The case is US v. Nasr, 24-cr-19 (Torres)

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