Pakistan diplomat due in Maine to meet detainee

Posted May 19, 2010, at 6:53 a.m.
The Artists and Craftsman Supply store is seen Friday, May 14, 2010, in Portland, Maine. Mohammad Shafiq Rahman, a computer programmer at the store, has been detained on a visa violation by law enforcement officials investigating the attempted car bombing in New York's Times Square. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
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The Artists and Craftsman Supply store is seen Friday, May 14, 2010, in Portland, Maine. Mohammad Shafiq Rahman, a computer programmer at the store, has been detained on a visa violation by law enforcement officials investigating the attempted car bombing in New York's Times Square. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

PORTLAND, Maine — Pakistan’s top diplomat in New England is due in Maine to meet with a Portland man being held in connection with the attempted car bombing of Times Square in New York.

Mohammad Shafiq Rahman is being held on federal immigration charges at the Cumberland County Jail in Portland.

Rahman is being held without bail in a unit that separates him from other inmates.

Officials say Rahman and two other Pakistanis from the Boston area are believed to have supplied funds to car-bomb suspect Faisal Shahzad but may not have known how the money would be used.

Pakistan’s honorary consul in Boston Barry Hoffman says he plans to meet with Rahman on Friday and ensure he’s being treated well and that he understands his legal rights.

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