Bishop airport stabbing suspect said 'Allahu akbar' twice in cou - WNEM TV 5

Bishop airport stabbing suspect said 'Allahu akbar' twice in court

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Sketch of Amor Ftouhi during court appearance on June 28, 2017 (Credit Carole Kabrin) Sketch of Amor Ftouhi during court appearance on June 28, 2017 (Credit Carole Kabrin)
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A Canadian man accused of stabbing an airport police officer in Flint will stay in custody until trial.

Amor Ftouhi was denied bond Wednesday because there are concerns he is a flight risk and a threat to the community.

He appeared in court with his hands and feet bound.

The 49-year-old from Montreal is charged with committing violence at an airport by stabbing Lt. Jeff Neville in the neck a week ago. Neville was released from a hospital Monday.

The FBI said Ftouhi bought the 12-inch knife during his five days in the U.S. but was unsuccessful when he tried to buy a gun.

Ftouhi, a native of Tunisia, said "Allahu akbar," the Arabic phrase for "God is great" twice in court, according to TV5's Samaia Hernandez.

He also yelled the same phrase during the attack, according to police.

Ftouhi, who wore a medical mask during the Wednesday morning proceeding, is fluent in French, Arabic, and English, according to his lawyer, but did have a translator present.

He is scheduled to be back in court on July 5 if a grand jury doesn't hand down an indictment before that time.

"I had an opportunity to explain to him that based on the nature of this charge, the parties agree that there would be a presumption in favor of detention," said Joan Morgan, Ftouhi's attorney.

Morgan told the court she understood her client would be denied bail.

"I thought that although his personal factors absolutely lended themselves to bond, the nature of this offense and the fact that he does not have ties to the state of Michigan would result in a finding of detention by the court," Morgan said.

The duel Canadian and Tunisian citizen is facing 20 years or more in prison.

"Immigration has a hold on him so that even if this court were to grant him bond, he would not be released," Morgan said.

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