Feds to Appeal Release of Chicago Terrorist Suspect


Federal prosecutors in Chicago say they'll appeal a judge's decision to release an Illinois teenager accused of wanting to join terrorists in Syria.

The U.S. Attorney's Office announced their plan to appeal Thursday afternoon in the case of 18-year-old Abdella Ahmad Tounisi. Hours earlier, the judge said Tounisi could be released under home confinement. But the judge stayed his own order for 24 hours to give prosecutors a chance to appeal. That means Tounisi wasn't immediately released.

A hearing before another judge, U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang, is set for Friday morning. If he upholds the release, the Aurora teen could be released Friday.

Tounisi allegedly intended to join a terrorist group in war-torn Syria when he was arrested at a Chicago airport last month.

Story source: AP