U.S. judge: Saudi bomb suspect competent for trial

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LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — A federal judge in West Texas ruled on Tuesday that a Saudi man accused of trying to make a weapon of mass destruction is mentally competent to stand trial.

U.S. District Judge Sam Cummings issued his ruling after prosecutors in the case against Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari submitted a report from his psychiatric evaluation.

His defense offered no argument but asked that the report be sealed. Judge Cummings ordered it sealed.

Mr. Aldawsari’s trial is scheduled to begin April 30 in Lubbock.

Court documents allege the U.S. college student planned to attack various targets, including sites in New York City and former President George W. Bush’s home in Dallas. Mr. Aldawsari entered the U.S. legally.

Mr. Aldawsari has pleaded not guilty, and his attorney has said he plans to use an insanity defense.

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