U.S. soldier indicted over ISIS pledge
HONOLULU — A federal grand jury in Hawaii has indicted a U.S. soldier, accusing him of attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State militant group.
Army Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang was indicted Friday after he was arrested by an FBI SWAT team on July 8. Kang was ordered held without bail.
Because of the indictment, Kang will no longer have a preliminary hearing that was scheduled for Monday.
After the detention hearing, Kang’s court-appointed attorney Birney Bervar said he will ask for a mental health evaluation.
Bervar said his client may suffer from service-related mental health problems of which the government was aware but neglected to treat.
The FBI said in its criminal complaint that Kang wanted to commit a mass shooting after pledging allegiance to the Islamic State.
A 26-page affidavit filed earlier this month detailed how Kang thought he was dealing with people working for Islamic State but who were actually undercover agents. The affidavit says agents arrested Kang after he pledged loyalty to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and said he wanted to “take his rifle, his magazines and kill ‘a bunch of people.’”