- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - One of four men accused of trying to send money to an al-Qaida leader will be able to leave jail once his family posts bond, a federal magistrate decided.

Judge James Knepp said over the objections of federal prosecutors that he would allow Sultane Roome Salim to be released on a $500,000 property bond.

Salim, of Columbus, is one of four men with Ohio ties charged with working together to send money to a known al-Qaida leader before he was killed in a drone strike.

The money was intended to support efforts to carry out violence against U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, prosecutors said.

Salim was ordered on Monday to surrender his passport and stay away from the other three charged in the case, The (Toledo) Blade (https://bit.ly/1NpYa7b ) reported.

His lawyer disputed the charges and said Salim will comply with the conditions set by the court.

“This is a very well-educated man who has a lot of skills,” said Cherrefe Kadri.

Salim, a chemical engineer who recently worked as a financial analyst, was fired from his job and his family is being evicted from their apartment in Columbus, Kadri said.

Two of the other men charged in the case are residents of the United Arab Emirates who were arrested overseas and flown back to the U.S.

Court documents say both were being brought back to northern Ohio to face charges along with a fourth man who was arrested in Texas.

The two pairs of brothers worked to raise money through fraudulent credit card charges and deliver it to the al-Qaida leader over about seven years beginning in 2005, according to an indictment filed in federal court in Ohio.

One of the suspects traveled to Yemen in 2009 and gave $22,000 to an associate of Anwar al-Awlaki, the indictment said.

U.S. officials considered al-Awlaki, who was killed by an unmanned U.S. drone in Yemen in 2011, to be an inspirational leader of al-Qaida, and linked him to the planning and execution of several attacks targeting American and Western interests, including the 2009 Christmas Day attempt on a Detroit-bound airliner.

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Information from: The Blade, https://www.toledoblade.com/

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