Oct. 18 - Marcos Alonso Zea, 25, is charged with attempting to travel to Yemen to join al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Jillian Kitchener reports.
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Twenty-five-year-old Marcos Alonso Zea, also known as Ali Zea, was arraigned on Friday on Long Island - charged with with attempting to travel to Yemen to join al Qaeda, in the Arabian Peninsula.
Zea faces five criminal counts that include:
Conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country,
Two counts of trying to provide support to terrorists or terrorist organizations,
And two counts of obstruction.
Zea pleaded not guilty to the charges.
His mother says her son is innocent.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) MARCOS' MOTHER, SAYING:
"The only thing I know is that he liked the cultures for the different countries. He like to speak different language. He's gone to a good university - Dowling College. He's gone to a community college for Arabic language."
"He's a little shy. I know in my heart he's a good guy."
Prosecutors say that in January 2012, Zea attempted to fly from New York to Yemen, but was intercepted in England while changing planes.
Zea's father says his son was just on vacation.
SOUNDBITE, MARCOS' FATHER SAYING:
"Yes but my son was just to go to vacation with my oldest daughter. Like other people who go to another country."
Investigators say al Qaeda's "Inspire" magazine was found on Zea's computer hard drives.
They also recovered a semi-automatic rifle.
No bail offer has been made.
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