COLUMBUS, Ohio — Mental health experts who examined a Somali man accused of plotting to bomb a shopping mall have concluded he was faking when he became a wild-eyed defendant who tapped his head on a table, mumbled and giggled in court.
Documents made public last week from two analysts at the Federal Medical Center in Rochester, Minn., said Nuradin Abdi was pretending to be mentally ill.
Abdi told psychiatrists that Hillary Rodham Clinton and Teresa Heinz Kerry would represent him in his terrorism trial.
He sometimes refused to shower, or he showered with his clothes on. Although a devout Muslim, he tore up a copy of the Quran and shoved the pieces into a toilet.
“We believe such behaviors were calculated attempts to appear severely mentally ill,” forensic psychologist Andrew Simcox and staff psychiatrist Daniel Shine Jr. said in their report….
Abdi’s attorneys have sought to bar statements he made to authorities in which he admitted to falsifying immigration documents and planning to blow up a Columbus-area shopping mall….
Federal agents arrested Abdi on Nov. 28, 2003, after convicted al-Qaida operative Iyman Faris told them Abdi suggested shooting up a shopping mall….
Officials said Abdi went from a model prisoner to one who abused himself, failed to communicate appropriately and had to be watched.
Simcox and Shine said Abdi had reason to feign mental illness, to avoid being tried on charges that could send him to prison for decades.
They said Abdi had no history of mental illness, that the onset of the symptoms was convenient, that the symptoms didn’t match those of legitimate illness and _ though Abdi was not cooperative _ testing didn’t support a finding of mental illness.