Portland resident, Reaz Qadir Khan, was arrested on charges of conspiracy Tuesday.
The U.S. Department of Justice says he supported a terrorist who killed dozens of people in a suicide attack in Lahore Pakistan in 2009. Kristian Foden-Vencil has been looking into the arrest and joins me live.
Beth: So this story is just breaking. Can you fill us in on some of the details?
Kristian: Yes. The U.S. Attorneys office provided detailed information in a press release today. Kahn is a naturalized U.S. citizen. He’s 48 years old. And he was arrested without incident at his Portland home this morning.
He’s charged with providing “material support” to a terrorist who took part in the bombing attack on the headquarters of the Pakistan’s intelligence service nearly four years ago.
That suicide attack killed about 30 people and injured 300 more.
Beth: What are prosecutors saying Khan did?
Kristian: They’re saying he allegedly conspired with a man named Ali Jaleel and others.
Jaleel died while participating in the Pakistan suicide attack.
The U.S. Department of Justice says that between December 2005 and June 2009, Khan used email and intermediaries to give Jaleel and his family money and advice.
They say Khan used coded language to help Jaleel travel undetected from the Maldives, where Jaleel lived, to Pakistan.
And they also say Khan gave Jaleel money to attend a training camp to prepare for the attack.
Beth: Is there a timeline for any of this?
Kristian: Yeah, according to the Department of Justice, in 2006 Jaleel and a small group of others from the Maldives tried to get to Pakistan by train. But they were turned back.
Jaleel was put under house arrest.
Then a couple of years later, Jaleel emailed Khan about his plans to travel to Pakistan again.
The release alleges that in response Khan gave Jaleel advice on how to avoid detection and offered to send him money.
Then in 2008, Jaleel allegedly told Khan he needed quote: “$25-hundred dollars for everything,” and he asked Khan take care of his family and educate his children.
The indictment says Khan promised to help Jaleel’s family.
To transfer money, Khan allegedly contacted someone in LA to arrange for Jaleel to pick up the money in Pakistan.
Then in 2009, when Jaleel said he had money left over, Khan allegedly advised him to keep it and send it to his two wives.
That same year, Khan also allegedly wired about $750 from a store in Oregon to one of Jaleel’s wives.
Beth: Have prosecutors said anything else about the case?
Kristian: I called them and they’re not talking on tape, but the press release quotes the special agent in charge of the FBI in Oregon, Greg Fowler, saying: “Those who provide material support to terrorists are just as responsible for the deaths and destruction that follow as those who commit the violent acts.”
Beth: How about Khan’s defense attorneys?
Kristian: He’s being represented by Larry Matasar and Amy Baggio. I spoke to Matasar, and he had no comment on the allegations at this time.
Beth: I know it’s a long way until there’s any kind of conclusion to this case. But what kind of sentence is he facing if he’s found guilty?
Kristian: These are serious charges. The maximum sentence could be life.
Beth: What’s next?
Kristian: Well Khan made an initial appearance before a federal court in Portland today. He’s scheduled to have a detention hearing Wednesday at 1:30.