Minneapolis, September 17
A psychological examination has been ordered for a Pakistani physician and former Mayo Clinic researcher accused of telling paid FBI informants that he pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and needed to hold out lone wolf assaults within the US.
Muhammad Masood has been indicted on one depend of making an attempt to supply materials help to a international terrorist organisation. He has been in custody since his March 19 arrest on the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
The analysis is supposed to guage Masood’s “competency to stand trial and assist in his defense,” in line with the federal Justice of the Peace choose’s order. Masood’s lawyer has stated the defendant doesn’t perceive the court docket proceedings.
Prosecutors say Masood was within the US on a piece visa.
They allege in court docket paperwork that from January to March, Masood made a number of statements to paid informants — whom he believed have been members of the Islamic State group — pledging his allegiance to the group and its chief.
Court paperwork don’t title the clinic the place Masood labored.
The Mayo Clinic has confirmed that Masood previously labored on the medical centre, however stated he was not employed there when he was arrested. — AP