Court Document: 'Files of Concern' Found on Phone of St. Kate's Terror Suspect

April 12, 2018 10:16 PM

Investigators say they found what they referred to as "files of concern" on the phone belonging to the woman accused of starting fires on the campus of St. Catherine University in January, according to court records. 

That information was part of a court filling opposing the motion that the order of detention for Tnuza Jamal Hassan be reconsidered. 


In early February, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced a three-count indictment of Hassan, charging her with attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, making a false statement to the FBI and arson.

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She remains in jail.

Hassan's lawyers filed the motion for reconsideration on April 5, asking for Hassan to be released into the custody of her mother and sister on the condition she remain on house arrest for the remainder of the case, and her whereabouts be monitored by GPS monitoring.

The motion to oppose Hassan's request was filed Thursday by federal prosecutors. 

The prosecutors argued that an examination of Hassan's phone "reveals further proof of (Hassan's) abiding dangerousness."

According to the court records, after the Federal Bureau of Investigation gained access to Hassan's phone, they allegedly located terrorist propaganda that "encourages individuals to conduct unlawful acts of violence."

Investigators also say they located blueprints and schematics of two building on St. Kate's campus.

RELATED: Lawyers for St. Kate's Terror Suspect Ask for her Release from Jail

The search also led investigators to reportedly find a document that contained "worrisome phrases" including backpack, pressure cooker, metal shards, nails and cellphone. 

Prosecutors also argued that the conditions of release proposed by Hassan's lawyers do not assure the safety of the community. 

In September of last year, she reportedly tried to fly to Kabul, Afghanistan, to join q terrorist group, but was stopped in Dubai for lack of a visa. Three months later, she reportedly attempted to fly to Ethiopia with her mother using her sister's ID, but was stopped from boarding by authorities.

RELATED: Woman Accused in St. Kate's Arson Tried to Leave US to Join Terrorist Groups, Court Filing Says

Her mother chose not to continue on the flight. 

She disappeared shortly after that until she was charged with setting the fires at St. Kate's, including one inside a building that housed a day care center in which 33 children and eight adults were present. No one was hurt.

Prosecutors claim Hassan set the fires on Jan. 17 as a way to wage "jihad," and her motivation was to burn the buildings down and kill people. 

RELATED: Suspect Identified Following Multiple Fires on St. Catherine Campus


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