A 26-year-old Everett man charged last year with supporting the terror group ISIL was indicted Wednesday on a charge of obstruction of justice as part of a five-count indictment, the US Attorney’s office said.
David Daoud Wright allegedly deleted information on his laptop computer on June 2, 2015, after learning that his uncle, Usaamah Abdullah Rahim attempted to attack police officers in Roslindale and was shot dead by law enforcement officers. The officers were not charged.
The new indictment supersedes, or replaces, the indictment charging Wright in April. He is due to be arraigned on Feb. 28, prosecutors said.
Wright and a co-conspirator, Nicholas Alexander Rovinski, were charged with conspiracy to provide material supporting ISIL and committing acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries.
Wright was also charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstruction of justice in connection with the instructions Wright gave his uncle, advising him to destroy his technological devices before attacking the “boys in blue,” prosecutors said.
Wright allegedly began discussing ISIL’s call to kill non-believers in the US with Rahim and Rovinski in Feb. 2015, which is when they began preparing for their “martyrdom” operation, according to prosecutors.
Wright drafted organization documents for a “Martyrdom Operations Cell” in March 2015. At that time, Rahim communicated with ISIL members overseas, including Junaid Hussain
who was killed by an airstrike in Syria in Aug. 2015, said the statement.
In May 2015, Hussain begun communicating directly with Rahim who passed the instructions on to Wright, with regard to the murder of an individual living in New York.
Wright, Rovinski, and Rahim each allegedly conspired to carry out attacks and kill individuals living in the United States on behalf of ISIL.
Rovinski pleaded guilty in Sept, 2016 to conspiring to provide material support to ISIL and conspiring to commit acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries.