Lawyer: No proof teen sought to back terrorists

CHICAGO (AP) — An attorney for a 19-year-old American accused of trying to join Islamic State militants in Syria says the government doesn’t have evidence his client sought to provide material support to foreign terrorists.

Mohammed Hamzah Khan’s lawyer spoke after a detention hearing Thursday in Chicago. The federal judge delayed a ruling on keeping Khan in custody until Oct. 21.

Attorney Thomas Durkin spoke to reporters flanked by Khan’s parents, Shafi and Zarine Khan. He says the parents are U.S. citizens, originally from India.

Authorities arrested Khan Saturday at O’Hare International Airport.

Before going to the airport, authorities say Khan left his parents a letter saying he was traveling to Syria. Durkin says the parents weren’t aware of those plans and didn’t see the letter until agents found it in a search.


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