Times Square plot: Bail of Pakistani man revoked
Pakistani was arrested for immigration violation during Times Square probe.
Boston: A US judge has revoked bail of a Pakistani man who was arrested for immigration violation during investigation of the attempted bombing by Pakistani-American terror suspect Faisal Shahzad in Times Square.
Mohammad Shafiq Rahman`s family had arranged USD 10,000 to secure his release but the judge here revoked his bail at the request of immigration officials, Pakistan`s Consul General Barry Hoffman said.
Rahman was among the three men arrested in the New England area on immigration charges during a series of raids in the Northeast on May 13 that were conducted as part of the investigation into the May 01 Times Square bombing attempt.
Rahman is a computer specialist and had overstayed his visa. He is being held in the Cumberland County Jail.
Rahman`s attorney is seeking another bail hearing, Hoffman said.
An immigration judge had set a USD 10,000 bail for Rahman on June 30.
It was unclear why immigration officials urged the judge to reverse the decision.
Rahman`s next court appearance is on July 27.
"It seems like they`re spending so much of their resources going after someone like Mohammad Rahman," Boston Globe quoted Hoffman as saying.
"I`m sure there are real terrorists out there. Spending all their resources on this case has me mystified," he said.
Rahman`s lawyer, Cynthia Arn, has said there is "no connection" between her client and Shahzad, who pleaded guilty to 10 terrorism and weapons charges in the Times Square case.
The report said Rahman has no criminal record. He knew Shahzad when he lived in Connecticut a decade ago because they were both part of the local Pakistani community, but they haven`t spoken in years, Arn said.
The two other men arrested in May during the raids are Pir Khan, a 43-year-old taxi driver, and his cousin Aftab Ali Khan, a 27-year-old gas station attendant.
Government officials have said the three men might have handled informal money transfers for Shahzad, but that it was unclear whether they knew how the funds would be used.