ATLANTA (AP) — A man accused of helping to provide financial support to an al-Qaida leader wants a judge to allow him to live with relatives in Georgia while he awaits trial.
Lawyers for Asif Ahmed Salim say in court records that his sister-in-law, Gwinnett County Assistant District Attorney Sabrina Nizam, has agreed to monitor his activities if a judge allows him to be placed on home detention in Duluth, Georgia.
District Attorney Danny Porter said Nizam’s decision to support Salim has no bearing on her job. Porter said he believes the federal court system will be the best decision in this matter.
“When people hear the word ‘terrorism,’ people tend to freak out,” Porter said. “But this has no bearing on her job or the trust I have in her. I know she’s in a tough position.”
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Salim is a former Ohio State University student. He is jailed and faces trial in federal court in Ohio.
Salim’s attorneys deny his involvement in what prosecutors say was an effort to raise money for the late Anwar al-Awlaki, who was linked to planning several attacks against Americans. A U.S. drone strike killed al-Awlaki in Yemen in 2011.