Judge Denies Bail in Airplane Sabotage Case

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A federal judge denied bail on Wednesday to a former American Airlines mechanic accused of sabotaging a plane carrying 150 people in Miami, saying the mechanic may be “sympathetic to terrorists,” the New York Times reports. Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani, 60, admitted to federal agents that he tampered with the Boeing 737-800 at Miami International Airport on July 17, forcing the plane to be grounded before takeoff. He said he was upset about an impasse over a union contract and wanted the flight to be delayed or canceled so he could get overtime work. He was arrested Sept. 5 and charged with willfully damaging, destroying or disabling an aircraft.

At a bail hearing Wednesday, prosecutors argued that Alani had videos on his cellphone that showed mass murders committed by the Islamic State. According to prosecutors, Alani had said that he wished that Allah would harm non-Muslims and that he has a brother who lives in Iraq who may be involved with ISIS. Alani, a U.S. citizen with no prior criminal record, has not been charged with any terror-related crimes. American Airlines fired Alani, who worked as an airline mechanic for 30 years, on Sept. 7. 

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