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Judge orders Minnesotan accused of trying to join ISIS to stay behind bars


A judge has ordered a Minneapolis man accused of attempting to travel to Syria to join terrorist group ISIS to be kept in custody – while questions are mounting about how much his family knew of his plans.

Mohamed Abdihamid Farah was one of six Minnesotans arrested in April for trying to provide support to ISIS. He was one of two who were detained in San Diego, with the rest arrested in Minneapolis. His brother, Adnan, is among the other men charged.

WCCO reports that at a detention hearing Thursday, Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis ordered he be kept in custody until his trial on four charges, including conspiracy to support a foreign terrorist group.

According to the Star Tribune, the judge decided the 21-year-old still poses a flight risk based on previous attempts to leave the country, with the court hearing that Farah is part of an alleged conspiracy dating back to March 2014.

The Wall Street Journal adds that prosecutors also argued that Farah has the potential to be violent, based on information in which he allegedly said he would kill federal agents investigating the case if he couldn't get to Syria.

Questions over how much mother knew

The release of court documents pertaining to his case on Wednesday raised allegations against Farah's mother and other family members about to what extent they knew of Farah's plans.

The Star Tribune notes that a confidential informant working for the FBI made a recording of Farah saying of his mother: "She knows where I'm going, bro, that's the thing..."

WCCO notes that when asked in court if this was true, Ayan Farah said: "Absolutely no."

According to MPR, this information was provided by another man arrested as part of the investigation, Abdullahi Yusuf, who has already pleaded guilty and has agreed to cooperate with the government in the hopes of a reduced sentence.

Farah had already been foiled in one attempt to travel to Syria when he was stopped after taking a Greyhound bus to New York to fly to the Middle East. MPR notes that in April he had intended to cross into Mexico and travel to Syria.

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