Terror suspect's father: 'My son should be freed'

An ABC7 I-Team Exclusive

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Thursday, August 25, 2016
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CHICAGO (WLS) -- After accused suburban terrorist Adel Daoud was found not competent to stand trial, his father told the ABC7 I-Team exclusively that he believes his son should be allowed to go free after receiving psychiatric treatment.

The west suburban Hillside native had said the judge in his case was part of a secret society run by lizards.

Daoud's father Ahmed Daoud said he thinks his son will be sent home despite the criminal charges against him and the likelihood he will still face trial. Federal prosecutors argued that the 22-year-old was mentally competent despite the delirious statements he made in court, and in calls and letters to the I-Team.

"I don't believe the answer is warehousing them for the rest of their life in a penitentiary," said Thomas Durkin, Daoud's attorney.

Durkin has kept him out of the lockup for at least the next three months. Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman found Thursday the terror suspect isn't fit for trial and needs psychiatric help. In her written order, Judge Coleman noted that "Daoud states he believes the justice system is controlled by the Illuminati, a secret ruling class, who he repeatedly describes as reptiles in disguise... It appears his belief in the Illuminati, Freemasons and lizard people is sincere and escalating."

Daoud's father said the scary changes began at the Metropolitan Correctional Center - Chicago where his son has been locked up, mostly in solitary confinement, for almost four years since being arrested by the FBI in a sting operation with his finger on a dummy bomb trigger aimed at a downtown bar.

Now a prediction he will be cut lose by the feds.

"Free, because he's, he's not that person. It's, he cannot do something like that. You know, he's a nave kid. Ok, it's, 18 years, he never know anything besides the school and the house. Never been anywhere besides like what he say, they kidnapping him and put him in the MCC," said his father Ahmed.

Daoud's father said his son was about to leave for the Islamic University of Madinah in Saudi Arabia when he was arrested. But since that day in 2012, it's all changed.

"You know, when you have a kid 18-year-old, and you take him from the mosque when he pray, you take him away and you put him with a criminal with, people it's criminal, it's federal criminal, how can accept it he be," Ahmed said.

Daoud's attorney said because of the psychiatric issues he believes there may never be a trial on terrorism charges. But he also said it's possible Daoud could end up in a mental facility for the rest of his life.