Judge considers medicating man charged with terror support

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Posted: Sep 29, 2015 9:48 AM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge will consider whether a North Carolina man should be forcibly medicated so he can face a charge that he tried to join al-Qaida-linked fighters in Syria.

U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle will hold a court hearing Tuesday into whether prosecutors can force antipsychotics drugs on Pakistan-born Cary resident Basit Sheikh. He has had months of treatment at a federal mental hospital near Raleigh.

Prosecutors have to convince Boyle that important government interests are at stake in order to forcibly medicate him and put him on trial for allegedly providing material support to a terrorist group.

Sheikh was arrested in 2013 as he tried to board an airliner in Raleigh for a trip to Lebanon. He's charged with attempting to join the Syrian militant group Jabhat al-Nusra.