Family does not want contact with women facing terrorist charges

Alexandria, Virginia (AP) — A Kansas female family charged with joining an Islamic country group and leading an all-female battalion does not want to have anything to do with her, prosecutors said Monday. rice field.

Allison Ekren, 42, first appeared in the US District Court in Alexandria on Monday afternoon. The hearing lasted only a few minutes. She was ordered to stay in prison until her detention trial scheduled for Thursday afternoon, and a lawyer to represent her was appointed.

However, at the end of the hearing, U.S. First Aide Raj Parekh told the judge that he was in contact with Ekren’s parents and her adult children, all hoping for contact with her. Said not.

Magistrate Judge Ivan Davis said he had little ability to prevent prisons from contacting his family, but take into account if she contacted her family against their wishes at a hearing on Thursday. I said I would put it in.

Speaking softly, Ekren, wearing a prisoner’s jumpsuit and scarf, said he understood the limits. She also answered his question and told the judge that she preferred to be addressed as Ekren. The Justice Department used her full name, Allison Fluke-Ekren, when she announced her charges against Saturday.

The prosecution said Ekren wanted to recruit operatives to attack a US university campus and discussed the idea of ​​attacking a shopping center. According to the FBI’s affidavit, she told one witness, “I thought an attack that didn’t kill a large number of individuals was a waste of resources.”

The affidavit also claims that Ekren became the leader of an Islamic state unit called “Katibanu Saiba” in the city of Raqqa, Syria, in late 2016.

According to court documents, Ekren emigrated to Egypt in 2008 and traveled frequently between Egypt and the United States for the next three years. She hasn’t been in the United States since 2011. Prosecutors believe she moved to Syria around 2012.

Eklen’s newly appointed lawyer, Joseph King, declined to comment after the hearing on Monday.