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Legal Fate of Times Square Car Bomber Still Unclear

Faisal Shahzad

Faisal Shahzad

By Allan Lengel

The legal fate of Faisal Shahzad, the confessed Times Square car bomb plotter, remained unclear this week.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Theodore H. Katz in Manhattan postponed a preliminary hearing that had been set for earlier this week on Tuesday, the deadline for the government to file an indictment or possibly go for a criminal information, which is normally issued when a defendant plans to plead guilty, court records show.

The judge granted a 20-day continuance on the case, which the prosecution had requested and the defense agreed to , according to the New York Times. Under that arrangement, Shahzad waived his right to be charged in an indictment or information for the time being.

Deportation Hearing Set for Pakistani Man Arrested in Connection With Times Square Car Bomb Case

times square artBy Allan Lengel

The fallout from the Times Square car bomb case on May 1 could lead to deportations.

A federal immigration judge in Boston has scheduled an Aug. 10 deportation hearing for Pakistani Pir Khan, 43, of Watertown, Mass., one of three men arrested after FBI agents acted on information provided by the confessed Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad, the Associated Press reported.

At the time of the arrest, authorities said Khan and others may have provided money to Shahzad, but may not have known about any bomb plot.  None have been charged in connection with the case.

U.S. Immigration Judge Matthew on Tuesday  found Khan was eligible for deportation because he illegally entered the U.S. via Mexico in 1991, AP reported. His attorney has said he has no ties to Shahzad, AP reported.

What’s For Dinner For Times Square Car Bomb Suspect?

faisal shahzadBy Allan Lengel
For AOL News

The crime isn’t kosher, but the prison meals certainly are for Times Square bomb suspect Faisal Shahzad. One night the menu calls for vegetarian stuffed cabbage; the next, kosher beef meatloaf or turkey cutlet.

New York U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. Francis last week granted a request by Shahzad, charged with five felony counts including trying to explode a weapon of mass destruction, to eat “halal” food at the federal-run Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan. Halal food is defined as meeting the dietary laws of Islam.

In federal prison, that means kosher food, which meets the same standards as halal food, James Davis, executive assistant at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, told AOL News.

“No pork, no shellfish,” he said. The animals are also slaughtered in similar ways for both kosher and halal meat.

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Suspected NY Car Bomber Arraigned in Manhattan

Morning in ManhattanBy Allan Lengel

Suspected NY car bomber Faisal Shahzad who had been holed up in an undisclosed location talking to investigators without an attorney since his arrest May 3, was arraigned in U.S. District Court in Manhattan shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The New York Times  reported that Shahzad, 30, was wearing gray shirt and gray pants, and did not enter a plea. He only said “yes” to a question about his strapped finances, when then allowed U .S. Magistrate Judge James C. Francis IV to appoint an attorney,  federal defender Julia Gatto, who was sitting at his side, the Times reported.

Gatto asked the judge to make sure he is served food certified as halal, which adheres to Islamic dietary laws.  Authorities said he will now be housed in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.

He faces charges of  attempting terrorism by attempting to kill people; attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction; using a destructive device in connection with an attempted crime of violence; transporting explosives; and attempting to destroy property with fire and explosives. He faces up to life in prison, but could get a break on a sentence for freely cooperating, legal experts have said.

Whether his level of cooperation will change now that he has an attorney is unclear.  Some other terror suspects including the underwear bomber in Detroit continued to cooperate after getting attorneys.

Pakistani Ambassador Says 3 Men in NY Bomb Case Not Terrorists

Ambassador Husain Haqqani/embassy photo

Ambassador Husain Haqqani/embassy photo

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — The three Pakistani men rounded up last week as part of the ongoing probe into the New York car bomb incident don’t appear to have links to terrorism, the Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S. told the Boston Globe.

Ambassador Husain Haqqani of Washington, whose statement was based on briefings from Pakistani officials, said it appears the men were taken into custody during questioning because of immigration violations, the Globe reported.

“For all we know, there will be no connection at the end of it,” Haqqani told the Globe in a telephone interview. “I’m a little critical of law enforcement who ran to the press first, because you can actually destroy people’s lives. So far, there is nothing that implies anything of a terrorist nature.”

After the FBI raids in three different states last week, authorities said the men may have provided money to the suspected car bomber Faisal Shahzad, but it was unclear if they knew what he was up to.

The Globe reported that the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Offices in New York and Boston declined comment.

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NY Car Bomb Suspect Could Be Talking His Way to Less Prison Time

Faisal Shahzad/cnn

Faisal Shahzad/cnn

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

WASHINGTON — Talk may be cheap, but for New York car bomb suspect Faisal Shahzad, yapping to the feds, and doing so without a lawyer, could potentially pay off in the form of a lighter sentence, legal experts say.

Just how much lighter is anyone’s guess, though clearly he’s not likely to be a free man any time soon. Or for that matter, when the Yankees celebrate their 10th anniversary in the new stadium in the Bronx in 2019, or perhaps even their 20th anniversary.

Justice Department officials say Shahzad, a naturalized American citizen from Pakistan, has been talking to investigators and offering valuable information ever since he was pulled off a plane at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on May 3, two days after he allegedly placed a failed car bomb inside a 1993 Nissan Pathfinder in Times Square.

{Update: A U.S. Magistrate Judge in Manhattan on Tuesday assigned Shahzad a court-appointed attorney from the federal defender office at his arraignment. Shahzad had been talking to investigators for the past two weeks without an attorney}

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Emails May Provide Insights Into Shahzad (AOL News)

The Roots of Discontent for The NY Car Bomber Faisal Shahzad

Stories like this may provide some insight into the latest attempted terrorist attack involving Faisal Shahzad, a man came from a well-to-do family in Pakistan,who was making a life as an American, but became increasingly angry at the U.S. and its policies.

Faisal Shahzad/cnn

Faisal Shahzad/cnn

By Andrea Elliott, Sabrina Tavernise and Anne Barnard
New York Times

Just after midnight on Feb. 25, 2006, Faisal Shahzad sent a lengthy e-mail message to a group of friends. The trials of his fellow Muslims weighed on him — the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the plight of Palestinians, the publication in Denmark of cartoons lampooning the Prophet Muhammad.

Mr. Shahzad was wrestling with how to respond. He understood the notion that Islam forbids the killing of innocents, he wrote. But to those who insist only on “peaceful protest,” he posed a question: “Can you tell me a way to save the oppressed? And a way to fight back when rockets are fired at us and Muslim blood flows?

“Everyone knows how the Muslim country bows down to pressure from west. Everyone knows the kind of humiliation we are faced with around the globe.”

Yet by some measures, Mr. Shahzad — a Pakistani immigrant who was then 26 years old — seemed to be thriving in the West.

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Pakistani Linked to Militant Group Says he Helped NY Bomber, Washington Post Reports

pakistan-mapBy Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — A Pakistani man linked to a militant group in his country has told authorities he acted as an accomplice to the failed New York car bomber Faisal Shahzad, the Washington Post is reporting.

The Post reported that the man, arrested by Pakistani authorities, has provided an “independent stream” of evidence implicating the Pakistani Taliban. American investigators have had direct access to him, the paper reported.

The news comes one day after authorities raided homes and businesses in three Northeast states, and arrested three people suspected of providing funding to Shahzad. Authorities have said it is unclear whether they knew what Shahzad was up to.

The Post also reported that Pakistani security officials in Islamabad have said they have yet to find concrete evidence to link Shahzad to militant activity in Pakistan, or for that matter, that he trained with the Taliban.

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