Classified secrets delay trial for teen from York who tried to join ISIS

Zakaryia Abdin
Zakaryia Abdin

The case against a York teen who tried to join ISIS and plotted to kill soldiers, then was arrested again, has been delayed because of concerns about the release of classified information prosecutors could use against him, court documents show.

Zakaryia Abdin, 18, of Syrian heritage, has been in jail since March.

FBI agents and federal prosecutors alleged he was trying to provide material support to the foreign terrorist group ISIS.

Abdin was charged as an adult in March in Charleston, after serving time in a South Carolina juvenile prison on weapon charges. Police and prosecutors said he plotted to rob a gun store and kill American soldiers.

Abdin was paroled from juvenile prison in 2016, despite repeated warnings from York Police Chief Andy Robinson and York County Sheriff’s Office deputy Bob Hamilton that Abdin was a threat to the state and country. Abdin moved to the Charleston area after release from juvenile prison.

Abdin wanted to be a martyr for ISIS, police say, and was charged in March before boarding a plane to Jordan; police said he exchanged messages with extremists and was involved with weapons.

Federal prosecutors, with agreement from Abdin’s lawyer, asked that the trial be delayed until later this year because of “classified information” and concerns over “dissemination of that information,” federal court documents show.

A judge agreed last week and delayed the trial until later this year.