When Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani, the American Airlines mechanic who sabotaged a plane’s navigation controls on a plane carrying 150 passengers, went to court for his bail hearing, prosecutors brought forth evidence that Alani has terrorist ties.
The judge considered the evidence and found that it was sufficient to deny him bail. His brother in Iraq is associated with ISIS and Alani has posted support for terrorism in the past.
Alani is a naturalized citizen from Iraq.
American Airlines mechanic Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani was arrested a couple weeks ago after sabotaging the navigation system of a flight to Nassau with 150 passengers on board.
Alani, a veteran employee, admitted that he tampered with the controls of the flight and claimed he was upset over ‘stalled union contract negotiations.’
A federal judge imposed a pretrial detention for Alani during Wednesday’s hearing after prosecutors presented evidence of possible terror ties.
USA Today reported:
A federal judge cited new evidence of potential terrorism sympathies in denying bail for a mechanic charged with sabotaging an American Airlines jetliner.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Chris McAliley imposed pretrial detention for 60-year-old Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani at Wednesday’s hearing.
The new evidence presented by prosecutors includes that Alani, a veteran mechanic who worked for American since 1988, has a brother in Iraq who may be involved with the Islamic State extremist group as well as statements Alani made about wishing harm on non-Muslims.
Alani is a naturalized U.S. citizen from Iraq. He’s not charged with a terror-related crime.
How many others like Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani are working for airlines just waiting to sabotage planes?