Two United States citizens residing in Brooklyn, N.Y., have been arrested and charged with trying to aid Al Qaeda terrorists.
According to the indictment obtained by CBS News, the men, Wesam El-Hanafi, 33, and Sabirhan Hasanoff, 34, are charged with one count of “conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.”
The charge carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.
El-Hanafi and Hasanoff have appeared in court in Virginia. They waived their rights to a hearing in Virginia and will be sent to New York for a detention hearing.
Both men said they had spoken to their lawyers prior to the Friday afternoon hearing. The men were dressed in Oxford shirts and slacks and spoke softly with no discernible accent, with their hands folder