Judge grants expedited hearing for Hoover ISIS bride, records show


(WIAT/CBS) — According to court records, a federal judge granted an expedited hearing for the Hoover woman who wants to return after she fled the United States to marry an ISIS fighter.

Hoover woman, Hoda Muthana, left the United States at 20. She used her college tuition money to leave her family and the country to join ISIS in Syria. Now 25, she is awaiting her hearing with her 18-month old son to come back.

The motion was filed on February 21. Ahmed Ali Muthana, father of Hoda, filed the motion for expedited hearing against U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr.

On February 26, Judge Reggie B. Walton granted the expedited hearing set for March 4, 2019, at 11 a.m. The judge ordered that the parties shall appear before the court. 

In a tweet February 20, Trump said he has instructed Pompeo not to allow Muthana back into the United States. 

That same day, the U.S. State Department released a statement saying Muthana was no longer a U.S. citizen.

Washington Correspondent Drew Petrimoulx reports Muthana’s lawyer says she was brainwashed into joining the terrorist group. He says she wants to return home to advocate against extremism.

Muthana’s attorney, Hassan Shibly, says Muthana has changed her beliefs and now wants to be an advocate against extreme ideology. And he says she’s ready to submit herself to the American justice system, even if that means facing prison.

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