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Prosecutors seek to keep witness’s identity secret in ISIS case

Prosecutors on Wednesday asked a federal judge to shield the identity of a confidential informant in the case of an Everett man accused of plotting to support the Islamic State terrorist group.

“There have been threats made against this confidential informant by this defendant,” Assistant US Attorney B. Stephanie Siegmann told US District Judge William G. Young during a pretrial conference.

The defendant, David Wright, 27, is accused of plotting to kill people in the United States on behalf of the Islamic State. Wright was charged after his uncle, Usaamah Abdullah Rahim, was shot in a Roslindale parking lot by an FBI agent in June 2015. Authorities said the shooting occurred after Rahim, 26, attacked police with a military knife.

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Law enforcement officials had confronted Rahim to question him about an alleged plot to kill police, according to authorities. Wright and Nicholas Alexander Rovinski, 26, of Warwick, R.I., had allegedly discussed that plot with Rahim, as well as a plan to behead anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller.

Rovinski pleaded guilty in September to charges of conspiracy to support the Islamic State and committing acts of terrorism. Under a plea agreement, he will serve 15 to 22 years in prison. He will be sentenced after Wright’s trial, scheduled to begin Sept. 13.

On Wednesday, Siegmann said the confidential informant “will testify to critical evidence in the case.”


Maria Cramer can be reached at mcramer@globe.com.