NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Vietnamese man extradited from the United Kingdom pleaded not guilty Wednesday to terrorism charges in Manhattan.

Minh Quang Pham, 32, pleaded not guilty to charges that include providing material support to al Qaeda, receiving military training from the terrorist organization in Yemen and possession of a firearm intended for use in crimes of violence, WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported.

He was charged in a a 2012 indictment. Pham spent half a year in Yemen, pledging his support to high-level members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and vowing to wage jihad while he received military-style training, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a release.

He told his wife he was traveling to Ireland, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors told the judge the government has both classified and unclassified evidence against Pham, including emails and electronic media.

If convicted, Pham could face a mandatory minimum of 40 years in prison and a maximum of life.

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