Man Charged with Threat Against Bush has Trial Delayed

FORT SMITH, AR - A man charged in Fort Smith with threatening President Bush has been granted a trial delay after he filed papers saying he wants an insanity defense.

Ahmad Dost, 35, was indicted on May 3, 2006, by a federal grand jury for "threats against the president and successors to the presidency."

Dost was to have been tried Monday.  A judge is to decide how to proceed after the government responds to Dost's insanity defense motion.

An affidavit filed by the Secret Service said an employee of USA Truck in Van Buren told the FBI that Dost, a native of Afghanistan, had threatened to assasinate the president.  Dost was attending orientation at USA Truck when he allegedly made several threatening statements that were heard by other applicants.

When interviewed by federal agents, Dost denied making any threats.

The U.S. Probation Office denied a request by Dost's lawyer to resolve the case with pretrial diversion.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)