Army soldier admit to trying to support ISIS, lawyer says

Army Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang possession of an ISIS flag after allegedly pledge allegiance to the terror group in a house in Honolulu

(FBI/U. S Attorney’s Office, District of Hawaii via AP, File)

HONOLULU – A Hawaii-based Army soldier accused of an attempt to support the Islamic State (ISIS) group to plead guilty, one of his lawyers told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang has agreed to plead guilty, but Alexander Silvert, assistant federal defender who did not say what he at you pleadingly.

“We have agreed on a sentence,” Silvert said, it refuse to work. He referred further questions to Kang’s other lawyer, Birney Bervar, who could not immediately be reached.

Court documents claim Kang provided confidential military information to undercover agents, whom he believed were part of ISIS.

Court records show that Kang is scheduled to withdraw his not guilty plea Thursday. The hearing was moved from the afternoon to the morning because they are worried about a hurricane on the way to Hawaii, Silvert said.

A plea agreement has not yet been filed in court yet.

Clifford Kang, the father of the soldier Ikaika E. Kang, poses with pictures of his son in Kailua this past July.

According to the court documents, a confidential informant told authorities Kang watched videos of beheadings and other violence in his room for an hour every day.

Kang told the informant that if he was one of the ISIS member, he would be a suicide bomber and attack Schofield Barracks, a sprawling army base outside of Honolulu, according to a statement submitted to the court.

Kang began researching the Islamic religion, in 2014, couldn’t wait to move to the Middle East to “join the cause” and it was “only in the army for a salary,” the informant said, according to the affidavit.

When Kang met with the undercover agents at a house in Honolulu, he promised loyalty to the group and kissed an ISIS flag, according to the court documents.

Kang can suffer from service-related mental health problems that the government was aware of but failed to deal with, Bervar has said previously.

He has been held without bail since his arrest last year.

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