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Teen suspected of attempting to join ISIS to remain in custody

Published:Friday | April 17, 2015 | 12:00 AM

The St Mary teen who police investigators claim tried to join up with Islamic militants in the Middle East is to remain in custody until next Tuesday.

The order was reportedly made by a magistrate at the Family Court yesterday, after an attorney for the 16-year-old filed a habeas corpus application seeking his release.

Gleaner sources say a gag order has been placed on all parties involved in the case, but revealed that the magistrate also requested a preliminary social-enquiry report into the teen's background.

According to one source, the report will help to determine whether the boy will be released to family members when he returns to court.

The 16-year-old has been in police custody since last Saturday, when he was denied entry into Suriname and deported to Jamaica.

Officials in Suriname reported that he was denied entry into that country after it was theorised that he was heading to The Netherlands, from where he would travel to Turkey to join up with Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants. However, the boy's family has denied those claims.