Four of the 6 Minnesota men accused of trying to travel to Syria to join ISIS returned to federal court Tuesday morning for a detention hearing. Their attorney argued that they should be released on bail to a halfway house while a trial is pending.
While Judge Michael Davis said his default is to find the least restrictive environment possible, he said that system isn't currently set up. Therefore, all 4 defendants were ordered to remain in jail until their trial.
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Suspects in court
Adnan Abdihamid Farah, 19
Hanad Mustafe Musse, 19
Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman, 19
Guled Ali Omar, 20
Also appearing in court Tuesday was Hamza Ahmed. The 19-year-old was charged last February with providing material support to a terrorist organization. A federal judge in St. Paul ordered Ahmed to be held without bail, citing threatening Twitter posts that were "beyond youth or hubris." The FBI believes he had a final destination of Syria, to fight with ISIS.