Would-be Hasan visitor bipolar

SAN ANTONIO, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A Texas man accused of saying he legally represented alleged Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan is bipolar and was off his medication, his lawyer said.

Senan Kahtan Abrahem of San Antonio was released Monday on unsecured bond after his lawyer told a federal magistrate Abrahem had resumed his medication and was not a flight risk, the San Antonio Express-News reported Tuesday.


Abrahem, an Iraqi immigrant, was charged with making a false statement after he went to Fort Sam Houston Jan. 6 and allegedly said he was Hasan's lawyer. On the same day, he also visited the post's Brooke Army Medical Center and allegedly told military personnel he was one of Hasan's doctors.

Abrahem then was placed under watch by federal agents.

Prosecutors argued Monday that Abrahem was a threat to public safety and could flee because he faces deportation if convicted of the false statement charge.

Malik has been hospitalized at Brooke Army Medical Center since Nov. 4 when he was wounded during a shooting rampage that left 13 people dead and more than 30 wounded at Fort Hood.


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