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No bond for 3 Lansing men charged with aiding Islamic State

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Posted at 3:04 PM, Feb 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-03 16:51:18-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Bond has been denied for three Michigan men who are accused of conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State group.

Defense lawyers say it was a lot of talk but no action. But U.S. Magistrate Judge Phillip Green had a different interpretation Thursday, saying the men were willing to die for the militant organization. He ordered them held in jail.

The evidence mostly consists of social media posts and private messages.

The three from Lansing were arrested at the Grand Rapids airport on Jan. 21. Investigators say 20-year-old Muse Muse was planning to fly to Somalia to join IS. A brother, Mohamud Muse, and a third man, Mohamed Haji, were also charged.

They are naturalized U.S. citizens who were born in Kenya.