Competency Hearing Held for Woman Charged With Arson, Terrorism

November 02, 2018 03:14 PM

The video above originally aired April 12, 2018.


A U.S. Magistrate Judge is weighing whether to declare a 20-year-old woman who allegedly set fires on a college campus and tried to travel to Afghanistan to join al-Qaida competent to stand trial.

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That was what came out of a competency hearing regarding Tnuza Jamal Hassan held Friday morning in U.S. District Court. The hearing lasted a total of 17 minutes.

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She was arrested in January after authorities say she set fires on the St. Paul campus of St. Catherine University, where she's a former student. No one was hurt, but one fire was set in a dormitory with a day care where 33 children were present. Prosecutors say the fires were a self-proclaimed act of jihad.

Hassan faces three federal counts, including one count of attempting to support a terrorist organization and one count of arson. She's also charged with arson in state court.

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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