A US court has ordered a Pakistani doctor and former researcher of the Mayo Clinic to conduct a psychological test. The doctor is alleged to have told FBI informants that he was associated with the Islamic State terrorist organization and wanted to launch a ‘lone wolf’ attack in the US.
Muhammad Masood is accused of providing assistance to a foreign terrorist organization. He has been in custody at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport since his arrest on March 19. According to the order of the federal magistrate judge, Masood will undergo a psychological test to find out if he is able to defend himself in the event of trial.
Masood’s lawyer said the defendant could not understand the court proceedings. Prosecutors say Masood came to the US on a work visa. According to the prosecution, between January and March, Masood told informants several times that he was associated with the Islamic State. Masood believed that the informers also belonged to the terrorist organization.
Court documents do not name the clinic where Masood used to work. The Mayo Clinic confirmed that Masood had previously worked there but was not an employee of the medical center at the time of his arrest.