Shahzad linked Pakistani man faces deportation

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 23:15

New York: A 43-year-old taxi driver from
Pakistan under detention on immigration charges and believed
to have given money to Times Square Pakistani-American terror
suspect Faisal Shahzad is facing deportation.

He was arrested May 13, along with his cousin, Aftab
Khan, 27, on immigration charges. On Monday, a federal
immigration judge ruled that Pir Khan has been in the US
illegally since 1991 but put off a decision on the deportation
until August, according to the Boston Globe.
Khan`s lawyer argued that his client should be allowed
to stay because he has been an upstanding citizen since his
arrival in the US and his American wife will face "extreme
personal hardship" if he is returned to Pakistan, the Globe

Khan was arrested in May along with two other
Pakistanis on suspicion of providing funds to Shahzad, an
American citizen from Pakistan, who tried to detonate a car
bomb in Times Square on May 1.

It now appears that the men did not know how the money
would be used and none of them face criminal charges in
connection with the terror plot.

A third man, Mohammad Shafiq Rahman, a 33-year-old
computer programmer from South Portland, Maine, was also
arrested. Shahzad was apprehended 53 hours later at John F
Kennedy airport trying to escape to Dubai.

He is believed to have been working in collusion with
the Pakistan-Taliban.
"There is no evidence against my client to show he had
any connection to the Times Square bombing," Saher Macarius,
who represents Khan, told reporters after the hearing, the
Globe reported.

"If he leaves, his wife will face extreme and unusual
hardship. They didn`t know the guy at all," Macarius said,
speaking for both Pir and Aftab.

"I believe that the government was trying to find any
connection found nothing, and they handed my clients back to

Aftab had Shahzad`s phone number on his cell phone and
an envelop with Shahzad?s name on it in his apartment.
He also faced immigration charges and federal judge ordered
him deported last week.

During Khan`s initial appearance in court last month,
Richard D Neville, deputy chief counsel for US Immigration and
Customs Enforcement in Boston, said it appeared that Pir Khan
had two wives, according to the Globe.

The authorities noted that Khan had declared he had a
wife and child in Pakistan on documents filed in 1994, when he
was seeking political asylum in the United States.

A hearing officer rejected Khan?s bid for asylum in
2007, and he was in the process of appealing that when he
married Rebecca May Barry.

But Macarius said Khan told him he had never legally
married the woman in Pakistan, who died in 2001, the Globe

The federal immigration judge, Matthew J D`Angelo,
has allowed Khan to present his case to fight the deportation
on August 10 in Boston.


First Published: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 23:15

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