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Loop Terrorism Suspect Found Mentally Fit For Trial Despite 'Illuminati' Conspiracy Rants

By Kate Shepherd in News on Oct 6, 2015 5:50PM

U.S. Marshals Office via CBS

A terrorism suspect facing charges that he plotted to detonate a car bomb outside a bar in the Loop has been deemed mentally fit to stand trial. He's scheduled to go on trial in January.

Adel Daoud's defense team has hired its own doctor to examine him and should know by next week if they will challenge the court's ruling, his attorney Thomas Anthony Durkin told the Tribune.

Daoud was 18 and a resident of Hillside when he was arrested in 2012. He's been held in solitary confinement for months at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, which has his father worried about his well-being.

"He's suffered too much," Ahmed Daoud told reporters after a court hearing on Monday. "Three years and three weeks now, my son has been locked up. I want my son back."

Daoud's found himself in more trouble since his initial arrest. Two months ago he was charged with attacking another inmate with a homemade shank and was previously indicted on charges of soliciting the murder of the undercover FBI agent in his terrorism case.

Recently he's been going into rants during court appearances against prosecutors, the judge and Durkin who he claims are part of the "illuminati" conspiracy to lock up Muslims. U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman ordered a mental health evaluation after one of these outbursts in June.

"This world is united in a war against Islam," he told Coleman during in a hearing in August. "They will detain us on the pretext it is for our safety."

Durkin defended Daoud, and said that he probably would be thinking the Illuminati were attacking him if he'd been in solitary confinement for as long as Daoud has.