- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 1, 2002

BALTIMORE (AP) An Afghan national being detained on immigration charges while the FBI investigates whether he has any links to terrorism was again denied bail yesterday.
The FBI needs more time to investigate Khoshal Wahid Nasery and five other men who were arrested Sept. 10 in a sparsely furnished apartment. Officers found computers containing information on flight training and airports, said Immigration and Naturalization Service attorney George Maugans.
Identification cards, photos and Arabic literature on Islam and jihad, or holy war, also were found.
Judge Lisa Dornell set an Oct. 7 bail review hearing for Mr. Nasery. The suspect, 24, was previously denied bail on Sept. 16, pending the outcome of the FBI investigation.
Mr. Nasery repeatedly has denied having any connection to terrorism, saying he came to the United States from Canada in December 2000 to work as a cook to support his sick mother.
Mr. Nasery's attorney, Sameer Ashar, said his client isn't a terrorist and is being held illegally. Mr. Nasery only used the computer for e-mail and could neither read nor write Arabic, Mr. Ashar said.
Mr. Nasery maintains the computer belonged to another man arrested in the apartment, said the attorney, who filed a motion to have Mr. Nasery released immediately.
"There is no specific piece of evidence tying Mr. Nasery to any kind of terrorism," Mr. Ashar said. "It's absolutely offensive. This is a clear case of racial profiling, of religious profiling."
Judge Dornell also scheduled a hearing Oct. 10 to review Mr. Nasery's request to be voluntarily deported.
Mr. Nasery, who appeared yesterday via video monitor, is being held at the Wicomico County Detention Center on the Eastern Shore on charges he overstayed a visitor's visa.
Three others are being held without bail on routine immigration charges for an Oct. 7 bail hearing.
Unsir Hafeez, a 24-year-old Canadian citizen originally from Pakistan, is charged with working illegally while in the United States on a valid visa. Reza Zazai, 25, a Canadian citizen originally from Afghanistan, and Choudry Jamil Khan, a Pakistani national, are charged with overstaying their visas, the INS said.
Shamsudin Mohammed, 26, from Somalia, was scheduled to be deported on charges he ignored a previous deportation order, INS officials said.
Officers originally went to the apartment to serve a warrant for harassment, arson and telephone misuse on a sixth man, Abderrahim Houti, a Moroccan national, police said. He has also been denied bail.
FBI spokesman Barry Maddox declined to comment on the investigation.

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