Possible terror ties in American Airlines sabotage case? Prosecutor says yes

USA Today Traveling 0 month ago

MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge cited new evidence of potential terrorism sympathies in denying bail for a mechanic charged with sabotaging an American Airlines jetliner.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Chris McAliley imposed pretrial detention for 60-year-old Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani at Wednesday’s hearing.

The new evidence presented by prosecutors includes that Alani, a veteran mechanic who worked for American since 1988, has a brother in Iraq who may be involved with the Islamic State extremist group as well as statements Alani made about wishing harm on non-Muslims.

Alani is a naturalized U.S. citizen from Iraq. He’s not charged with a terror-related crime.

Alani is charged with sabotaging a Boeing 737 with 150 people aboard at Miami International Airport in July because ongoing labor negotiations were jeopardizing his chances at earning overtime. He told investigators he didn't intend to harm passengers.

The aircraft did not take off and no one was injured.

American Airlines terminated Alani last week after the FAA revoked his mechanic's license in an emergency order, according to spokesman Ross Feinstein.

Contributing: Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY


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