A federal judge in Minneapolis is considering whether to remove one or more members of a defense team in the ISIL recruitment cases before him after prosecutors cited evidence that one of the men was "apparently preaching about jihad and related topics."

U.S. District Judge Michael Davis has ordered a hearing Friday to determine whether there are grounds to disqualify anyone representing Mohamed Farah, one of five co-defendants scheduled to stand trial on charges of conspiring to murder abroad and providing material support to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

According to Davis' order, filed Monday, the government informed Farah on Friday that it planned to introduce testimony and evidence at trial in which a member of Farah's defense team, Sheikh Hassan Ali Mohamud Jami, is mentioned preaching about jihad. Mohamud is not a licensed attorney but has held an advisory role on the team.

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