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Published on May 29, 2024
Detroit Danger: Local Man Charged With Bankrolling ISIS, Faces 40 YearsSource: Google Street View

A Detroit man has been charged with providing material support to ISIS, U.S. Attorney Dawn N. Ison announced. Jibreel Pratt, 25, is accused of two instances of attempting to funnel currency and monetary instruments to the terrorist organization in early 2023, as per a release from the U.S. Department of Justice. Pratt was arrested at his Detroit residence and appeared in U.S. District Court.

According to court documents, Pratt faces up to 40 years behind bars if convicted on both counts. This figure stands as a testament to the gravity with which the U.S. justice system views such efforts to allegedly provide support to terrorist factions. Special Agent in Charge Cheyvoryea Gibson of the FBI's Detroit Field Office emphasized the danger Pratt poses, as reported by FOX 2 Detroit, stating, "The indictment alleges that the defendant attempted to support and join ISIS, which is one of the most brutal terrorist organizations in the world."

The case against Pratt is being investigated by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. The U.S. Attorney's Office expressed intentions to seek pretrial detention for Pratt, citing him as a flight risk and a potential threat to the community. "These charges reflect our commitment to hold accountable anyone who tries to help terrorists," Ison said, per the U.S. Department of Justice. The indictment should remind the public that such actions have severe consequences and that authorities are actively working to detect and halt efforts aiding terrorist groups.

The indictment remains an allegation and, as with any such legal proceedings, Pratt is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jerome Gorgon and Douglas Salzenstein are to aggressively prosecute the case. In the words of Special Agent Gibson, the goal of the FBI and its partners is to "continue to disrupt plots by those who desire to harm others on behalf of a foreign terrorist organization." The commitment, as portrayed by federal law enforcement, is to vigilantly protect the American people from threats both foreign and domestic, per the U.S. Department of Justice.