A Schofield soldier accused of trying to provide support for ISIS has pleaded not guilty.
Ikaika Kang was indicted by a federal grand jury on Friday, July 21, on four counts of “attempt to provide material support or resources to designated foreign terrorist organization.”
The indictment claims that on four separate occasions, Kang tried to provide classified military documents, a drone, military clothing and gear, as well as combat and firearms training, to the terror group.
“Kang has been under investigation by the U.S. Army and the FBI for over a year. FBI assets and Army investigative resources were continuously deployed to ensure the public’s safety during the course of this investigation and Kang’s eventual arrest,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Paul D. Delacourt previously said. “No document from the military made it to ISIS.”
The Waimanalo native appeared in court on Monday morning, July 24, and his attorney says what happened was to be expected.
“We pled not guilty to the charges and a trial date has been set. We’ll be preparing our defense,” said Birney Bervar. “I don’t have a reason to believe he’s not competent at this point, but we’ll see.”
Kang remains in custody at a federal prison.
His trial has been set for Sept. 19.