Jordanian-American uncle of Chattanooga US military shooting suspect is quizzed

23-07-2015 12:24 PM

Ammon News - AMMONNEWS - US INVESTIGATORS are in Jordan to interrogate the Jordanian-American uncle of a suspect in the fatal shooting of five US servicemen in Tennessee last week, the uncle’s lawyer said yesterday.

The suspected gunman, 24-year-old Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, was killed in a gunfight with police last Thursday after he sprayed gunfire at a military recruitment centre in Chattanooga and then at a nearby naval reserve centre.

The engineer’s family say he had long-standing psychological and substance abuse issues and was taken to stay with his uncle, Assad Ibrahim Abdulazeez Haj Ali, in Amman for a short visit last year to help his recovery.

Investigators have evidence he had been searching for jihadist material that may have inspired the attack, a source said on Monday.

Jordanian authorities arrested Haj Ali on Friday and he was being interrogated by both Jordanian and US investigators, his lawyer Abdul Qader al Khatib said by telephone.

A Jordanian security source confirmed US investigators had arrived in Jordan and said they were involved in questioning Haj Ali, who is being held at a high-security facility.

“We are gathering clues and we need to establish whether this was a sole act or one that is linked to a wider terror network,” the source said. “At this stage of the interrogation we cannot rule out anything.”

Khatib called on the Jordanian authorities to allow him to attend their interrogations, saying he feared his client could be forced to testify under duress.

“I fear he may be tortured to extract a confession,” he said. He had been told he could meet with his client next Sunday, but said this was not soon enough.

Jordan regularly denies claims by human rights activists that it tortures confessions out of security detainees.

Khatib said there was nothing to indicate that uncle or nephew are or were militant Islamists.

*The National

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