NYC Man Denies Helping Terror Group

Friday, Sep 9, 2011  |  Updated 4:26 PM EDT
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A New York City resident accused of providing material support to a terrorist organization by plotting to travel to Pakistan to join a radical fighting group has pleaded not guilty.

Albanian citizen Agron Hasbajrami was charged in an indictment unsealed Friday in federal court in Brooklyn. The indictment says he exchanged email messages with a contact in Pakistan and expressed a desire to die as a martyr.

Authorities say he was planning to join the contact's fighting group, which had killed American troops.

They say he was arrested Tuesday at John F. Kennedy International Airport when he arrived to board a flight to Turkey. They say he was carrying a tent, boots and cold-weather gear.

He could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

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