UPDATE: Another Tunisian news operation is reporting that the brothers have been released without charges. Tunisia Live, which initially reported the arrest, says it was unable to confirm the new report.
The report is in French, but via Google Translate, it reads in part: “The two American brothers, arrested yesterday in Jendouba, suspected of links to terrorism were released today by the anti-terrorism court division. The center said that no evidence directly incriminates two brothers. So they are released, while remaining available to the investigation.”
The report in “Kapitalis” suggested the evidence against the pair might not be as strong as originally reported.
6 News is not naming the brothers at this time because it’s unclear if they’ve been charged and may have been released.
LANSING, Mich (WLNS/WOOD) Two Michigan natives, including one carrying a passport in the name of a Lansing resident, have been arrested in Tunisia on suspicion of belonging to a terrorist organization.
Our sister station WOOD-TV is reporting that a senior police official said the men, both in their 30’s, are brothers. The source said one of the men was carrying a U.S. passport identifying him.
6 News has confirmed that both brothers have ties to the Lansing area.
Tunisia Live also reports that the brothers have extensive criminal records.
Lansing Police have confirmed that the two men have past assault charges in Lansing.
According to Tunisia Live, a Tunisia media outlet, the brothers recently converted from Christianity to Islam; one of them was married to a Tunisian woman who was also arrested.
The source said the pair was arrested in Jendouba in northern Tunisia on Tuesday, after locals reported they were “behaving suspiciously.”