Abdella Ahmed Tounisi, terrorism suspect, to stay behind bars - KMSP-TV

Judge reverses decision to free Aurora terror suspect

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A federal judge on Friday reversed a previous ruling and ordered that an Aurora teen remain locked up after he was charged with trying to fly to Syria and join a terrorist group.

The mother of terrorism suspect Abdella Ahmad Tounisi was consoled as she walks out of federal court. She and other family members believed they would be bringing Tounisi home to Aurora, but instead, he remains locked behind bars.

The 18-year-old is accused of attempting to travel to Syria, where federal prosecutors say he planned to meet a handler who would take him to a terrorist training camp linked to al-Qaida.

That handler was actually an FBI decoy, and Tounisi was arrested two weeks ago at O'Hare as he attempted to board a plane out of the country.

On Thursday, a federal judge ordered that Tounisi be granted bond and placed on home confinement in Aurora, but on Friday, another federal judge granted an emergency appeal by prosecutors and ordered that Tounisi remain at the Metropolitan Correctional Center.

Judge Edmond Chang agreed that Tounisi was a flight risk, calling him "a danger to the community...the evidence shows that the defendant was a planner."

Tounisi's attorney argued the teen had never been arrested before, saying the word 'terrorism' tainted the case.

The feds say Tounisi has links to another Chicago area terrorism suspect, Adel Daoud, who was arrested last year for allegedly trying to set off a bomb outside a downtown bar.


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