NYC bomb probe: Arrested Pakistani to be deported

Last Updated: Saturday, May 29, 2010 - 17:38

Boston: A man arrested in Massachusetts
during the probe into the failed Times Square bombing in New
York City has been ordered deported to his native Pakistan.

US immigration Judge Robin Feder made the ruling
Thursday in the case of Aftab Khan, according to Kathryn
Mattingly of the Executive Office for Immigration Review.

Khan was one of three men arrested on immigration
charges May 13 and suspected of supplying funds to the primary
suspect, Faisal Shahzad, through an informal money transfer
network. But authorities said the men may not have known how
the money would be used.

Khan has 30 days to appeal Feder`s decision and will
not be deported before then, Gillian Brigham, an Immigration
and Custom Enforcement spokeswoman, said yesterday.

A lawyer in the office of Khan`s attorney, Saher
Macarius, said the office hadn`t received Thursday`s decision.
A copy of the decision, which must be obtained by a Freedom of
Information Act request, was not immediately available
yesterday.

In a May 20 hearing before Feder, Macarius asked the
judge to allow Khan to voluntarily leave the country, while
federal authorities asked Feder to keep Khan in the United
States.

It was not immediately clear if the deportation order
would affect the investigation into the bombing attempt. Calls
to the Department of Justice weren`t immediately returned.

Shahzad, 30, of Bridgeport, Connecticut, is accused of
leaving an SUV rigged with a car bomb in New York`s Times
Square on May 1 during a scare that cleared the teeming area
for 10 hours. The smoking SUV scattered pedestrians, but the
bomb never exploded, and no one was hurt. Shahzad was arrested
May 3 on a Dubai-bound plane at John F Kennedy International
Airport.

Khan, a gas station attendant who lived in Watertown,
said he had never heard of Shahzad before his arrest. But
federal officials said Khan had Shahzad`s first name and
number in his cell phone and written on an envelope found in
his apartment. After the hearing, Macarius questioned whether
the confiscated cell phone belonged to Khan.

Macarius has said that Khan came to Colorado last
summer to marry an American soldier he had met overseas, but
that she broke off the engagement. In November, Khan married a
teacher in Cambridge.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, May 29, 2010 - 17:38

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