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Teen suspected of trying to join ISIS remanded

Published:Thursday | April 16, 2015 | 4:35 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

After hours of contemplation, a magistrate has ruled that the St Mary teen suspected of trying to join a militant group be remanded in police custody until Tuesday.

The magistrate has also ordered a preliminary social enquiry report into the background of the 16-year-old boy.

The ruling came a day after attorney-at-law Zara Lewis, who represents the teen, filed a habeas corpus application seeking his release.

The 16-year-old has been in custody since Saturday.

The teen was denied entry into Suriname after authorities there theorised that he was heading to The Netherlands, then to Turkey to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The boy's his family has denied claims that he was trying to join Islamic militants.

According to the boy’s grand-uncle, the teen was attempting to visit his mother in England who he had not seen in six years.

The man says since the teen did not have a visa to enter the United Kingdom, and so he planned to meet up with his mother and grandmother in the Netherlands before travelling to England.