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Federal Grand Jury Indicts 2 Austin-Area Men Accused Of Aiding Terrorists

Updated: Friday, June 20 2014, 09:08 PM CDT

A federal grand jury issued two separate indictments against two Austin-area men arrested Wednesday for allegedly providing support to terrorists.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Rahatul Khan, of Round Rock, is charged with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists, and Michael Wolfe, of Austin, is charged with attempting to provide material support to terrorists. Both are 23 years old.

Investigators say from March 2011 to January 2012, Khan allegedly conspired with others to recruit persons to travel overseas to support terrorist activities including committing violent jihad.

Wolfe allegedly planned to travel to the Middle East to provide his services to radical groups engaged in armed conflict in Syria, officials say.

A detention hearing for Khan, originally scheduled for Friday, has been reset to June 30.Wolfe waived his hearing to detain him and will remain in custody, DOJ officials say.

Both have entered not guilty pleas to the charges against them. Khan and Wolfe face up to 15 years in federal prison and a maximum $250,000 fine upon conviction.

The court appointed law firm representing Khan released this statement to KEYE TV:

"Understanding that the Court is constitutionally required to provide legal representation when a defendant cannot offer their own, we take seriously our role as court-appointed counsel in this case. Lawyers have an ethical obligation to respond when called upon to serve in this manner even when the case is a difficult one. Kevin is a former federal prosecutor and seasoned trial lawyer who will responsibly and to the best of his abilities, fulfill his duties to his client and the Court."

Director of Communications and Public Relations
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

(Photos from the Austin Police Department and the Williamson County Sheriff's Office.)

Federal Grand Jury Indicts 2 Austin-Area Men Accused Of Aiding Terrorists

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