- Associated Press - Sunday, May 3, 2015

MIAMI (AP) - A Florida federal judge has refused to dismiss terrorism support charges against a Kenyan man.

U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro’s ruling means that 27-year-old Mohamed Said will stand trial in June unless a plea agreement is reached. Said faces eight terrorism-related charges involving alleged support for al-Qaida and terrorism groups in Africa and Syria.

Said sought dismissal of a grand jury indictment on several grounds, including lack of a U.S. connection to his actions. The charges are based on chat room conversations Said allegedly had with undercover FBI operatives about financing terror groups and recruiting fighters.

Said also claimed his arrest in Saudi Arabia amounted to an illegal abduction by the U.S.

Ungaro on Friday rejected all of Said’s claims. A co-defendant previously pleaded guilty.

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