Bail set for Pakistani man detained in Maine

Posted July 02, 2010, at 12:43 p.m.

Portland, Maine — A Pakistani man held on an immigration violation in Maine while police were investigating the attempted Times Square car bomb soon will be free on bail, his wife said Friday.

Sara Rahman and her husband’s attorney were arranging bond for Mohammad Shafiq Rahman of South Portland, one of three Pakistani men in New England charged with immigration violations as authorities investigated the May 1 attempted car bombing.

An immigration judge set bail this week at $10,000. Rahman’s lawyer, Cynthia Arn, said he’ll likely be released early next week, after the holiday weekend.

Arn, repeated Friday that Rahman has “no connection” to Faisal Shahzad, who pleaded guilty to 10 terrorism and weapons charges in the Times Square case.

She says people should be assured that Rahman “was never a threat.” She says she anticipates that the matter will now proceed as an ordinary immigration case.

Rahman, a computer programmer, came to the United States legally in 1999, has no criminal record and got married in March, Arn said. While Rahman knew Shahzad when he lived in Connecticut a decade ago, Rahman has not seen or spoken to Shahzad in about eight years, she said.

Authorities have said Rahman and two men arrested in Massachusetts may have given money Shahzad through an informal money transfer network but may not have known how the money would be used. None of the men have been charged criminally in the Times Square plot.

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