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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 27 March 2019

Judge to consider return for woman who joined ISIS

Hoda Muthana's family sought expedited action on her suit

The US determined Hoda Muthana wasn't a citizen because her father was a Yemeni diplomat when she was born in New Jersey. Her lawyer, Hassan Shibly, says he was no longer a diplomat at the time. AFP
The US determined Hoda Muthana wasn't a citizen because her father was a Yemeni diplomat when she was born in New Jersey. Her lawyer, Hassan Shibly, says he was no longer a diplomat at the time. AFP

A federal judge in Washington has agreed to move quickly on a lawsuit filed by a former Alabama woman who joined ISIS and wants to return to the United States.

The family of 24-year-old Hoda Muthana filed suit last week against the Trump administration after the government said she wasn't a citizen and wouldn't be allowed to enter the US with her 18-month-old son.

Her family sought expedited action on her suit because Ms Muthana is now in a refugee camp in Syria.

Judge Reggie Walton granted that on Tuesday and scheduled a hearing for Monday.

The US determined Ms Muthana wasn't a citizen because her father was a Yemeni diplomat when she was born in New Jersey. But her lawyers say he was no longer a diplomat at the time.

Updated: February 27, 2019 08:01 AM

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