- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 19, 2003

KUWAIT CITY, Feb. 19 (UPI) — A Kuwaiti criminal court Wednesday adjourned the trial of a Kuwaiti policeman who allegedly fired on and wounded two U.S. soldiers last November after a psychiatrist testified the policeman was mentally ill.

A psychiatrist had testified that Khaled Massir al Shamri was hesitant to open fire and had asked a friend to take him home before he committed the crime.

"He was in a difficult psychological state and did not know what was happening around him," the psychiatrist said.

Al Shamri's lawyer, Nawwaf Sari al Matiri, told the court his client was insane and unaware of his behavior most of the time.

After the incident, al Shamri fled to Saudi Arabia where he was arrested and returned to Kuwait.

His trial was set to resume on Sunday.

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