Judge orders bail in spy case; prosecutors appeal

SEATTLE (AP) — A former Twitter employee accused of spying for Saudi Arabia was ordered released on bond but will remain held at least temporarily because federal prosecutors say they plan to appeal.

Judge Paula L. McCandlis said Friday in Seattle federal court that Ahmad Abouammo could be released on bond with GPS monitoring and travel restrictions.

Prosecutors then said they planned to file an appeal and to put his release on hold pending a ruling. McCandlis gave prosecutors until 4:30 p.m. Friday to file the appeal, saying if they did not, Abouammo would be released.

Authorities say Abouammo acted as an agent of Saudi Arabia without registering with the U.S. government.

Family and friends say he is a dedicated husband and father who has overcome recent mental health struggles.