Federal judge releases San Diego soccer players on several conditions

Federal judge releases San Diego soccer players on several conditions

A federal judge on Wednesday issued orders for the release of six San Diego soccer team players who allegedly forced a Chicago-bound Southwest flight to land in Amarillo earlier this week, albeit on several conditions.

The six players, viz. 19-year-old Saiman Hermez, 19-year-old Khalid Yohana, 20-year-old Jonathan Khalid Petras, 20-year-old Essa Solaga, 21-year-old Ghazwan Asaad Shaba and 23-year-old Wisam Imad Shaker, face one count each of interference with a flight crew and aiding and abetting.

The judge yesterday set bail for each of them at just $10,000 because none of them has any notable criminal history. But he attached many conditions to their release.

The men were allowed to fly back to San Diego but the judge ordered them not fly on a Southwest Airlines flight. They were asked to surrender their passports as well as submit DNA samples.

The judge also restricted them to travel only to and from Southern California and Amarillo. They were ordered not to drink alcohol, use drugs or carry weapons. In addition, they were ordered to surrender their cell phones.

They were arrested Monday night after they created disturbance aboard San Diego-Chicago Southwest Flight 1522. They allegedly talked loudly, lunged forward at a flight attendant and called her racist and a pig, and called names to other passengers.

The judge warned them that they would be re-arrested if they violate any of those conditions.

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