HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A man suspected of supporting the terrorist group ISIS was in federal court on Wednesday as the government asked for more time to gather classified evidence.
With hands and feet shackled, 19-year-old Jalil Ibn Amir Aziz was shuffled into a federal courtroom. Federal prosecutors asked U.S. District Court Chief Judge Christopher Conner to set July 8 as a target date for filing final pretrial motions for terrorist charges related to Aziz’s arrest in mid-December.
Prosecutors argued that investigators need at least another 30 days to comb through classified evidence and figure out which information to redact for open court. They also said court personnel needed to be selected and screened before they can be assigned to a potential trial.
Given the national security implications, Conner said the government and Aziz’s defense attorney agreed the extra time does not prevent Aziz from having a speedy trial.
Prosecutors said they have handed over statements from Aziz’s parents and a 34-slide PowerPoint presentation with unclassified documents and images.
Conner asked for a rough estimate of when a trial could commence. Prosecutors responded that the trial could begin in February.