By Associated Press - Friday, January 22, 2016

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A federal judge has refused to release an Ohio native pending trial on allegations that he and three others sent money to a prominent al-Qaida leader.

A judge in Toledo, Ohio, on Friday rejected the defense’s proposal that Asif Ahmed Salim be put on home detention and stay with family in Duluth, Georgia, near Atlanta, instead of remaining behind bars.

His current attorney didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

Prosecutors had argued that the former Ohio State University student spent the last four years living outside the United States and said he is a flight risk.

Salim’s attorneys have denied his involvement in what prosecutors say was an effort to raise money for an al-Qaida leader linked to the planning of several attacks against American interests.

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