The information Zakaryia Abdin had is so secret, a 1980 federal law enacted to protect the United States from a “potential threat” is expected to be used in the case. His lawyer and federal prosecutors asked Monday in a court filing that the case be delayed because of “classified information.” The Classified Information Procedures Act might keep some details from ever coming to light, new court documents show.
York Police Department Chief Andy Robinson had twice requested the South Carolina Juvenile Parole Board keep Abdin in prison until age 21, the maximum allowed as a juvenile.
“We told them from the beginning we believed he was a threat if released,” Robinson said. “I am just very thankful no Americans were hurt or killed.”
Abdin, 19, who grew up in York, was arrested as a juvenile at age 16 after an alleged 2015 plot to rob a gun store and kill soldiers. He was released after about a year in a juvenile prison after saying he had changed. He could have been held until age 21.
Robinson, York County Sheriff’s Office Det. Bob Hamilton, and other police repeatedly told court and state officials that Abdin was a threat if paroled. Abdin, who moved to near Charleston after he was paroled in 2016, almost immediately started making contact with ISIS again, and was involved in weapons deals and other schemes to join and assist the terrorist organization, federal documents show.
Abdin was arrested by the FBI in March in Charleston at the airport before he boarded a plane to the Middle East. Abdin wanted to massacre Americans and fight with ISIS, federal documents say. Abdin is charged with attempting to provide material support to ISIS. He remains in jail without bond.