Shahzad has waived right to speedy arraignment: Senator

Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani American arrested on charges of planting a bomb at the Times Square, has waived his right to a speedy court appearance, a top American Senator has said.

Updated: May 12, 2010, 12:57 PM IST

Washington: Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani
American arrested on charges of planting a bomb at the Times
Square, has waived his right to a speedy court appearance, a
top American Senator has said.

Senator Dianne Feinstein, Chairman of the Senate
Intelligence Committee, following a close door intelligence
briefing on the failed Times Square bomb attempt told
reporters that Shahzad, 30, has waived his right to a speedy
arraignment.

"That, of course, suggests he`s continuing to provide
valuable information to authorities," Feinstein said.
Shahzad was arrested on May 3, two days after the
failed bombing attempt, but is yet to appear in a court.

The Senator said the likelihood of a Pakistani Taliban
connection was very high in the case, and made a strong pitch
for designating the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan as a terror
outfit.

"I think there is a very high likelihood that there
were interactions between this suspect and the Pakistani
Taliban.

"I also believe that the Pakistani Taliban ought to be
on the designated terrorist list, as well as the Haqqani
network should be on the designated terrorist list," he told
reporters.

Feinstein said there is a high likelihood that Shahzad
did have training while he was in Pakistan, specifically in
Waziristan from the Taliban.

Referring to the high profile cases of Nigerian terror
suspect Abdulmutallab and Shahzad, the Senator said these
reflect the prototypes of people that they may see more of.

He said people like Abdulmutallab, with no suspicious
backgrounds may be "the new lone wolf" of the future.
"Abdulmutallab`s father was a high-level and respected
person in Nigeria.

"This individual`s (Shahzad`s) father was a flag
officer in the Pakistani Air Force. He was a naturalised
American citizen. He was educated in this country. He held a
job in this country. At one point, he bought a home in this
country. And he was, as one might say, clean on his record,"
he said.

Responding to a question, the Senator said he believes
that there are grounds in the law now to revoke Shahzad`s
American citizenship.

"I don`t think you need additional legislation to
revoke his citizenship, because this is within five years of
his having been naturalised, and that`s the criteria.

"And the act that you can remove citizenship for, I
believe, has been committed by this man," he said.

PTI