Vietnamese-American charged as supporter of al-Qaida

Oct. 12, 2013 at 12:28 PM

SANTA ANA, Calif., Oct. 12 (UPI) -- A California man has pleaded not guilty to federal charges he conspired to join al-Qaida, officials say.

Federal prosecutors in Santa Ana said Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen was charged with two counts of trying to support al-Qaida and making false statements on his passport, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

Nguyen changed his name to Hasan Abu Omar Ghannoum after converting to Islam.

He was ordered held without bond on grounds he was a flight risk and a danger to the community.

FBI agents arrested Nguyen Friday as he attempted to board a plane to Mexico using a passport that identified him as Ghannoum.

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