Lawyer: Terror case docs in 'classified morass'

Published: Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 4:10 p.m. CDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A lawyer for a suburban Chicago teenager accused of terrorism says the government's bid to restrict access to some potential evidence on security grounds hinders her legal defense.

The American-born Abdella Tounisi has denied seeking to join an al-Qaida-affiliated force fighting Bashar Assad's regime in Syria.

Attorney Molly Armour has complained in a filing this week in Chicago federal court that she's received only a small portion of the case documents.

She says other potential evidence "remains submerged in a classified morass." She alleges prosecutors won't even declassify the 19-year-old's own statements recorded by investigators.

Prosecutors' spokesman Randall Samborn declined comment Thursday.

Tounisi's trial date hasn't been set. If convicted of attempting to provide material support to terrorists, the Aurora teen faces a maximum 15 years in prison.

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