Bahai News -- Associated Press - Arson suspect not fit to stand trial
Arson suspect not fit to stand trial
Saturday, October 4, 2003 Posted: 11:10 AM EDT (1510 GMT)
LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- A man charged with arson, terrorism and hate crimes in connection with fires at five houses of worship was declared mentally
incompetent to stand trial, putting his criminal case on indefinite hold.
udge Fred J. Fujioka on Friday ordered Farshid Tehrani, a 40-year-old Jewish Iranian immigrant, to be sent to Patton State Hospital for treatment and
Tehrani's attorney, Lazier Gould, told a judge in July that his client had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Deputy District Attorney Scott Millington said Friday he hoped Tehrani would eventually be able to stand trial.
The fires Tehrani is accused of setting were at houses of worship representing various faiths in the Encino area. No one was injured in the fires, all in April
and May. The fires damaged two synagogues, a Presbyterian church, a Bahai Faith center and a Jewish education center.
Gould said Friday he was pleased that Tehrani would receive treatment, but he said he was frustrated that a long waiting list at the hospital could prevent
Tehrani from being sent there for at least a few more months.
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CNN (Atlanta, USA): http://www.cnn.com/2003/LAW/10/04/worship.fires.ap/index.html
Guardian (UK): http://www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-3226324,00.html
Seattle Post Intelligencer (WA, USA): http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apus_story.asp?category=1110&slug=Worship%20Fires
Firehouse.com (USA): http://cms.firehouse.com/content/article/article.jsp?sectionId=46&id=19790
CNN International: http://edition.cnn.com/2003/LAW/10/04/worship.fires.ap/
Tuscaloosa News: http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20031004/APA/310040642&cachetime=5
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