Chicago Terror Suspect Faces New Charges, Tells Court ‘My Case is a Hoax'

A suburban Chicago man accused of plotting to bomb a Loop tavern in 2012 now faces new charges after he allegedly tried to kill a fellow inmate at the federal jail downtown.

Adel Daoud allegedly attacked an inmate at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, where he was awaiting trial, according to a five-count indictment charging him with assault. The charges claim Daoud made a “dangerous” weapon and beat the inmate "with the intent to commit murder."

The indictment alleges the attack, which resulted “in serious bodily injury,” happened on May 23 and identified the inmate only as Victim A.

In a status hearing surrounding his terrorism case, Daoud recited a surprise two-page statement saying he wanted to "get it off my chest."

"My case is a hoax, my trial is a hoax, the jury are free masons hired by the judge," he said. 

He also added that the "the world is united in a war against Islam."

Following the status hearing, a not guilty plea was entered for the assault charges after Daoud's attorney argued he was not competent to enter a plea. Daoud was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Daoud was arrested in 2012 at the age of 19 and accused of plotting to bomb a Loop tavern. He has denied government allegations that he accepted a phony car bomb from undercover FBI agents, parked it by a Chicago bar and pressed a trigger.

Daoud’s attorney, Thomas Durkin, could not immediately be reached for comment on the new charges.

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