18-year-old Syrian from York Has Federal Trial Delayed

Posted December 5, 2017 1:50 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News, News

Zakaryia Abdin, 18, of Syrian heritage, who grew up in York and attended York Comprehensive High School and who wanted to join ISIS and allegedly plotted to kill American soldiers, has had his federal trial delayed due to national security concerns, according to federal court documents.

Abdin was arrested and charged in March 2015 at the Charleston airport — before he boarded a flight to the Middle East. He has been in custody since his arrest and his trial has now been delayed twice because a federal judge agreed there are national security concerns and classified material in the case.

Abdin was convicted in 2015 in York County of weapon charges after he allegedly plotted with a man from North Carolina, whom Abdin met online, to rob a gun store and then kill American soldiers.

The South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice paroled Abdin in 2016, despite repeated pleas from police in York that Abdin remained a threat to the safety of the community, state and nation.