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Terror Suspect Requests Move To Duluth Before Trial

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A man accused of being an al-Qaida terror supporter wants to move to Gwinnett County while he awaits trial.

Asif Ahmed Salim has family in Duluth, and they have told a federal judge they will take responsibility for him if the court grants bond.

Salim, who is in jail in Ohio right now, is charged with conspiracy to support and fund terrorists as well as conspiracy to commit bank fraud. The indictment against Salim alleges he was one of four men who plotted to support al-Qaida leader Anwar Al-Awlaki. Al-Awlaki was killed by a drone strike in 2011.

WABE’s Closer Look talked with Gwinnett District Attorney Danny Porter today about the case in light of the charges Salim faces.

Porter admits he is concerned about the case but added, “I work within that system, and I have to trust it. And pre-trial detention is not for the purpose of punishment. He’s entitled to the same rights that any other person is entitled to.”

Porter’s situation is complicated by the fact that one of Salim’s family members works in the Gwinnett District Attorney’s office.

Porter says he sent an internal memo asking for questions and concerns, and so far, no one has come forward with an issue.

Salim’s bond hearing is scheduled for May 4.