NEW YORK (AP) -- A fifth man has pleaded not guilty to charges in New York City that he was involved in a plot to recruit U.S. fighters to join the Islamic State group.
Akmal Zakirov entered the plea Thursday in federal court in Brooklyn.
Prosecutors accuse the 29-year-old Zakirov of plotting to pay for one of his co-defendants to fly to the Middle East to join the Islamic State group. The man was intercepted at Kennedy airport in February before he could board a flight to Turkey.
Four other men have already pleaded not guilty to conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist organization. All are emigrants from the former Soviet republics of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.
Zakirov's attorney declined to comment Thursday.