Reno man pleads not guilty to India terrorism charge

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Updated: 12/20/2013 10:13 pm

RENO, Nev. (KRNV, MyNews4.com & AP) — A Reno man has pleaded not guilty to federal charges that he supported two terrorist groups seeking an independent Sikh state in India and Pakistan.

Baljit Singh said through a translator in U.S. District Court in Reno on Friday that his true name is Baljit and not Baldwinder, as U.S. prosecutors have reported.

The 39-year-old man who received asylum in the U.S. from India was arrested earlier this week in northern Nevada and accused of helping to plot terror strikes in the Punjab region of his home country on the border with Pakistan.

Judge Valerie Cooke appointed Michael Kennedy as his public defender and set a preliminary trial date for Feb. 11 at 9 a.m.

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roseanya - 12/21/2013 11:53 AM
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He needs a translator. I'm guessing he, or his parents, are not NATIVE Americans. Must be another example of how the FBI is unable to do adequate background checks on all the LEGAL IMMIGRANTS--we're taking in too many. Cut back from about a million a year to half--and if they still let in unfit ones, cut that back some more.
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