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Pakistani tied to failed Times Square bombing deported
IANS
Washington, May 23, 2011
First Published: 10:11 IST(23/5/2011)
Last Updated: 11:06 IST(23/5/2011)

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has deported a Pakistani man arrested during the investigation in 2010 into the failed Times Square bombing after he pleaded guilty in federal court to fraud charges.

Aftab Ali Khan, 28, had been in federal custody since May 2010 when he, his uncle and another Pakistani American were arrested after the failed attempt to bomb New York's Times Square May 1, 2010.

He pleaded guilty to charges of unlicensed money transmitting and immigration document fraud.

US district court judge Denise J Casper sentenced Khan to 11 months time served and three years of supervised release and then was ordered into the custody of ICE for deportation proceedings.

After the attempted bombing, investigators obtained evidence that Khan provided $4,900 to Faisal Shahzad who was later convicted of the failed attack.

Khan borrowed the money and transferred it to Shahzad in February 2010 as part of a "hawala" transaction in which Khan's family received an equivalent amount of money in Pakistan.

Shahzad, 30, a naturalised US citizen born in Pakistan, was sentenced in October to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Court records show he had sought to "wreak death and destruction" with a bomb he placed in a car he parked May 1, 2010, in Times Square.


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