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St Mary teen suspected of ISIS intentions released

Published:Wednesday | April 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMBarbara Gayle and Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writers

A 16-year-old boy who has been in State custody over suspicions that he tried to join Islamic militants in the Middle East has been released into the care of his father.

A magistrate in the St Mary Family Court ordered the release of the boy this morning.

The magistrate has imposed a two-year supervision order for a probation officer to supervise the boy.

The decision follows the transfer of the case from Kingston yesterday.

Attorney for the boy’s family, Zara Lewis, says the case is now over.

The teen has been in custody since April 11 after being deported to Jamaica from Suriname.

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

The boy's family has denied the claims.

According to the boy’s granduncle, the teen was attempting to visit his mother in England who he has not seen in six years.

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