Family and supporters of 18-year-old Abdella Ahmad Tounisi, including his father, Ahmad Tounisi, left, leave federal court Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Chicago, after a federal judge agreed to release the Illinois teenager charged with trying to join an al-Qaida-linked militant group in war-torn Syria. U.S. Magistrate Daniel Martin ruled Thursday that Tounisi could be released under home confinement. The Aurora man was friends with a man charged last year with trying to bomb a Chicago bar. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
Family members of 18 year-old Abdella Ahmad Tounisi, including his father Ahmad Tounisi, center, leave the Dirksen Federal Building Tuesday, April 23, 2013, in Chicago after the Chicago-area teen, charged with trying to join an al-Qaida-affiliated group in Syria appeared in federal court. During the detention hearing, a federal judge said he'd delay a decision on bond until next week to give defense attorneys more time to prepare. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors say a federal magistrate judge made a mistake by agreeing to let a teenage terrorist suspect in Illinois out of jail pending trial.
A different judge will hear the government's appeal opposing Abdella Ahmad Tounisi's release Friday. Thursday's release order was stayed for 24 hours until a ruling on the appeal.
The 18-year-old Aurora teen is accused of seeking to join al-Qaida-linked militants in Syria.
Prosecutors say Tounisi helped a friend last year select possible bombing targets in the Chicago-area. Tounisi wasn't charged in that case, though his friend was.
Tounisi's lawyer notes he has no prior criminal record. But prosecutors' 16-page filing says that's irrelevant.
It says Tounisi has expressed a wish to die a martyr and that a terrorist crime typically "may only be committed once."
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