DETROIT (AP) – A judge has ordered a psychological examination of an Iraqi man living in Michigan who’s accused of lying about plans to train with the Islamic State group in the Middle East.
Federal prosecutors and a defense lawyer agreed that an exam is appropriate for Al-Hamzah Mohammad Jawad. A judge signed the order Tuesday.
Jawad was arrested last week at Detroit Metropolitan Airport before a one-way flight to Jordan. FBI agents say he told them that he was connected to violent extremists in Iraq but later said he made it up.
Judge Elizabeth Stafford says Jawad may be mentally incompetent to stand trial. The 29-year-old came to the U.S. in 2013 as a refugee and lives in East Lansing.