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Judge postpones sentencing for Texas parents of sons involved with ISIS

The delay of the scheduled Thursday sentencing of 57-year-old Mohommad Hasnain Ali and 49-year-old Sumaiya Ali comes after they received a court hearing behind closed doors. (File photo)

PLANO, Texas (AP) -- A judge has postponed indefinitely the sentencing of a North Texas couple who had lied to authorities about their sons' activities in the Middle East.

The delay of the scheduled Thursday sentencing of 57-year-old Mohommad Hasnain Ali and 49-year-old Sumaiya Ali comes after they received a court hearing behind closed doors. The Alis' attorney did not return a message seeking comment, and a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office declined to comment.

The Alis had pleaded guilty in federal court in June to making a false statement about international terrorism and had reached an agreement with prosecutors for probation and a $5,000 fine each.

Federal court records allege their sons, 27-year-old Arman Ali and 26 year-old Omar Ali of Plano, traveled to Syria to fight alongside the Islamic State group.

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