Ohio native accused of sending al Qaida money wants release

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has heard arguments about whether an Ohio native should stay behind bars pending trial on allegations that he and three others sent money to a prominent al Qaida leader.

Attorneys for the suspect who studied engineering at Ohio State University propose he be put on home detention and stay with family in Duluth, Georgia, near Atlanta.

Prosecutors on Thursday asked a judge in Toledo to deny the request. They say Asif Ahmed Salim spent the last four years living outside the United States and is a flight risk.

The judge didn’t immediately rule on the matter.

Salim’s attorneys denied his involvement in what prosecutors say was an effort to raise money for an al Qaida leader linked to the planning of several attacks against American interests.