Trial delayed for man accused of lying about revenge talk

May 30, 2019
FILE - This April 4, 2019, file photo released by the Missoula County Sheriff's Office shows Fabjan Alameti, 21. Alameti, who federal agents say talked about joining an Islamic State group and attacking random people to avenge a shooting at two New Zealand mosques, has been ordered held in custody pending his June 24 trial in Montana. A U.S magistrate judge ruled Alameti, who has pleaded not guilty to possession of a firearm by an unlawful user of a controlled substance and making false statements involving international and domestic terrorism, poses too great a threat to the community to return to his mother's apartment in the Bronx. (Missoula County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge has delayed the trial of a New York man accused of lying to authorities about discussions he had about joining the Islamic State group and avenging the shootings at two New Zealand mosques.

U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen on Wednesday re-set the trial date for 21-year-old Fabjan Alameti from June 24 to Sept. 3.

Alameti waived his right to a speedy trial and his attorney asked for more time to analyze the more than 4,000 pages of documents and recordings that are part of the case.

Alameti was arrested at a Bozeman gun range on April 3. He has pleaded not guilty to making false statements involving terrorism and possession of a firearm while using marijuana.

Alameti’s public defender argues his client’s statements were protected under the First Amendment.

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