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Former USF student Youssef Megahed will meet with a Miami immigration judge Tuesday to determine if he has the right to post bail.

Megahed’s family said to the Tampa Tribune that he will ask the judge to postpone the hearing until he is able to hire an attorney.

Megahed remains in custody at a facility in Glades County, according to the St. Petersburg Times.

Adam Allen, Megahed’s lawyer for his federal case, said he was unsure whether Megahed would get the opportunity to present his case before a judge, according to the Tribune.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials arrested Megahed on April 6, just
three days after a federal jury found him not guilty for illegally transporting explosive
materials and possessing a destructive device.

Allen said to the Tribune that Megahed and his family are all permanent U.S. residents and were applying for citizenship when he was first arrested, along with former USF student Ahmed Mohamed, in August 2007.

In December, Mohamed pleaded guilty to helping terrorists post a YouTube video demonstrating how to detonate a bomb with a remote-controlled toy.  He is now serving 15 years in prison.

Megahed’s father and brother could not be reached for comment by press time.

— Julia Pappacoda