A Sudbury man will remain behind bars for now as he awaits trial on terrorism charges, according to reports.
At an arraignment Thursday in federal court a prosecutor argued that Tarek Mehanna, 27, should not be released on bail based on his radical views.
Mehanna was arrested last month on charges he backed terrorist movements overseas, attempted to join terrorist training camps and planned a mass shooting at a mall.
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In front of family and friends he pleaded not guilty to charges of providing and conspiring to provide material support to terrorists, conspiracy to kill in a foreign country, and making false statements.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Leo Sorokin ruled that Mehanna will remain in custody, the reports said.
Supporters, who have formed a Web site called freetarek.com, rallied around the accused terrorist outside the court house, holding up signs.