Report: Flint stabbing suspect said ‘Allahu akbar’ in court

Amor Ftouhi
A mug shot of Amor Ftouhi, accused of stabbing a Bishop International Airport security officer on June 21, 2017)

FLINT, Mich. (AP/WOOD) — A Canadian man accused of stabbing an airport police officer in Flint will remain in jail while his case proceeds.

Joan Morgan, an attorney for Amor Ftouhi, didn’t object to the government’s request that he stay in jail. She told a federal judge Wednesday that the 49-year-old defendant from Montreal would be held by U.S. immigration authorities even if granted bond in the criminal case.

Morgan declined to comment to reporters. Ftouhi wore a medical mask over his mouth and twice mumbled “Allahu akbar” as he entered the courtroom, according to WDIV.

Police say during the attack on Lt. Jeff Neville last week, Ftouhi also yelled “Allahu akbar,” the Arabic phrase for “God is great.”

Neville was taken to the hospital with a stab wound to the neck that was millimeters from hitting a major vein and artery, doctors said last week. Neville was released from the hospital Monday.

Ftouhi is a native of Tunisia.