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A federal judge in Los Angeles has set a trial date for an American charged with attempting to join al-Qaida and lying on a passport application in an effort to aid international terrorism.
U.S. District Judge John Walter questioned a prosecutor at length Monday about the evidence against 24-year-old Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen of Garden Grove, and then scheduled the trial for Dec. 3.
Nguyen appeared in court with his hands shackled to his waist. He made no comment during the hearing and was ordered held without bail.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Judith Heinz told the judge that Nguyen confessed during 50 hours of tape-recorded interviews.
Nguyen, however, has pleaded not guilty. Authorities say he was arrested Oct. 11 while about to take a bus to Mexico en route to Pakistan.