After questioning the uncle of alleged Chattanooga shooter Mohammad Youssduf Adbulazeer on two separate occasions since last Thursday’s attacks, Jordanian officials took him into custody.
The lawyer for Adbulazeer’s uncle, Asaad Ibrahim Asaad Haj Ali, told the Associated Press that neither he nor his family have been able to see Asaad since he was detained the day after the Chattanooga shootings.
Authorities also took computers and cell phones from his house, but he has not been charged with a crime.
Chattanooga shooter Adbulazeer went to live with his uncle in Jordan for several months in 2014, reportedly to help get him away from the influence of drugs, alcohol, and a group of friends whom his parents did not approve.
The FBI has dispatched investigators to Jordan to look into what influences he may have come under while he was in the country.
According to Abed al-Kader Ahmad al-Khateeb (pictured above), Assad’s attorney, the young man mainly helped with his uncle’s small cell phone business.
“The uncle is a regular person, he has a company, he is a businessman, he has no relation with any militant group or organization,” al-Khateeb said. “He cares about his work and his family, and Muhammad is just his relative, the son of his sister. That’s it.”
“Al-Khateeb is a prominent attorney and member of the Freedom Committee of the Muslim Brotherhood, the oldest and largest opposition group in Jordan. The Brotherhood is part of a regional movement of the same name. In Jordan, it has distanced itself from the Islamic State extremist group,” according to the Associated Press.
“I want to tell you, Mohammad is not religious, and is not belonging to any group,” Mr. Khateeb said in an interview with the New York Times in his Amman office Tuesday night. “I specialize in salafi movements, and this guy has no record with the salafis, not him or his uncle.”
Nonetheless, FBI investigators in the U.S. discovered that “Abdulazeez wrote about suicide and martyrdom as long ago as 2013. The bureau has also found evidence that he viewed videos of Anwar al-Awlaki, the radical American-born cleric who was killed in Yemen by an American drone strike in 2011,” according to the Times. .
According to the AP, Abdulazeez experienced a turbulent home life and had a history of struggling with depression. He had written on some loose leaf pages, found at his house, about feeling like a failure and that his life was worthless.
Family friends also point to his DUI arrest on April 20, 2015 as “important” in causing him to sink further into a depression.
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