Feds: Suburban terror suspect solicited murder of FBI agent
BY KIM JANSSEN Federal Courts Reporter August 29, 2013 5:14PM
In this courtroom sketch, 18-year-old Adel Daoud, appears before Federal Court Judge Arlander Keys in 2012. (AP Photo/Tom Gianni)
Updated: October 1, 2013 6:35AM
A terror suspect already accused of plotting to blow up a downtown Chicago bar now faces an additional charge of soliciting the murder of an undercover FBI agent.
Adel Daoud, 19, was arrested in the South Loop on Sept. 14 and accused of attempting to kill dozens of Friday night revellers in an attack on Cal’s Bar and the neighboring Cactus Bar and Grill.
Now prosecutors say that while at the Metropolitan Correctional Center awaiting trial, Daoud in October and November tried to get an accomplice to kill the undercover FBI agent who helped catch him.
The agent posed as a New York terrorist who could supply Daoud with a bomb. When Daoud, of west suburban Hillside, pressed a button that he believed would detonate it, he was arrested, the feds say.
In an attempt to beat the case, Daoud offered to pay an assassin to kill the agent so that he couldn’t testify in court, it’s alleged.
Daoud is allegedly pals with another teenage terror suspect, Abdella Tounisi, who was arrested in April and accused of attempting to travel to Syria to join Al-Qaeda. Like Daoud, Tounisi was snared in an undercover FBI plot.
The new allegations contrast with the jovial appearance the big-haired Daoud made before Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman two days ago.
But Daoud’s attorney Thomas Durkin said the charges came from a “notoriously unreliable street gang jailhouse informant.”
Durkin — who previously complained that the government entrapped Daoud, and about its use of secret evidence — added that “Daoud is an immature, impressionable and manipulable teenager, not the international terrorist the government seems hell-bent on trying to paint” him as.