ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - An attorney for the Ohio teen who says she ran away from home because she feared punishment for converting from Islam to Christianity is alleging that the family's mosque in Ohio has ties to terrorists.
Rifqa Bary's attorney filed an affidavit and memorandum in family court in Orlando Monday. In the affidavit, the 17-year-old teen says her family regularly attended gatherings at the Noor Islamic Cultural Center in suburban Columbus, Ohio.
The memorandum alleges that the center has hosted extremist speakers and supported a scholar with ties to the militant group, Hamas. Hany Saqy, director of the Noor Center, denied all the allegations raised in the court filings.