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 Sun-Times is reporting.
U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang ruled that Abdella Ahmed Tounisi, 18, was a flight risk and that his potential danger to the community outweighed any precautions that could be taken regarding his release.
On Thursday, a federal magistrate judge said Tounisi could be released under house arrest and electronic monitoring.
Federal prosecutors filed a quick appeal, which was heard by Chang Friday morning.
Tounisi, a U.S. citizen, was taken into custody without incident last week by the Chicago FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. He had gone through airport security, headed for a flight to Istanbul, Turkey, according to the FBI, which said Tounisi hoped to join Jabhat al-Nusrah, an al-Qaeda-affiliated group fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime in a civil war.
Tounisi was charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.
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