Judge Orders Bomb Plot Suspect's Brother Held

Wednesday, Oct 14, 2009  |  Updated 12:30 PM CDT
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Judge Orders Bomb Plot Suspect's Brother Held

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Fountain Place, center, a 60-story glass office tower is shown in Dallas, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009. Federal prosecutors say they've arrested a 19-year-old Jordanian national and charged him with trying to bomb the downtown Dallas skyscraper. (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam)

The teenage brother of a Jordanian accused of trying to bomb a Dallas skyscraper is being held as a material witness in the case.

A federal judge in Dallas has granted a request to stop Husein Smadi's deportation. On Friday, she also ordered the 18-year-old to remain in federal custody until Oct. 27 to be questioned under oath by attorneys for his brother, Hosam Smadi, who was indicted by a federal grand jury last week.

Husein Smadi told an San Francisco immigration judge earlier this month that he wanted to rejoin his father in Jordan.

The Smadi brothers entered the United States legally on tourist visas in 2007 but overstayed their visas.

Hosam Smadi moved to a small town near Dallas last year while his brother remained in northern California. Hosam Smadi is accused of planting what he believed to be a car bomb beneath a Dallas skyscraper last month.

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