- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 20, 2002

ASSOCIATED PRESS
A federal judge in Baltimore has ordered a Canadian man being investigated by the FBI for links to terrorism to remain held without bond.
Department of Justice Immigration Judge Bruce Barrett said Friday that new information showing that Reza Zazai's brother took flying lessons in the United States has heightened national security concerns.
Mr. Zazai, who is originally from Afghanistan, and five other men were arrested Sept. 10 in a sparsely furnished Baltimore apartment, where officers found computers containing information on flight training and airports. Identification cards, photos, and Arabic literature on Islam and jihad, or holy war, were also found.
Several of the men in the apartment, including Mr. Zazai and his brother, Ahmad Shah Khattab, were detained for being in the country illegally. But Mr. Khattab was released after questioning because he was a legal visitor to the United States and a Canadian citizen, officials said.
Federal authorities say they can't find Mr. Khattab.
Judge Barrett cited "national security reasons" for granting a government request for more time for an FBI terrorist task-force investigation into materials found in the apartment where Mr. Zazai, his brother and the others lived.
Evidence that Mr. Khattab had taken at least one flying lesson was the most compelling fact in the government's case to continue holding Mr. Zazai, Judge Barrett said.
Mr. Zazai, 25, is being held in Immigration and Naturalization Service custody on charges of overstaying his visa.
Mr. Zazai's attorney, Muneer Ahmed, said his client doesn't read or write Arabic; therefore, a notebook found with handwritten references to jihad and the Koran didn't belong to him.
Mr. Zazai said he came to Baltimore intending to become part of the Afghan business community by investing $10,000 for a share of a fast-food chain.
One man is a Somali native scheduled to be deported for previous immigration violations, INS officials said. A second, Afghan native Khoshal Wahid Nasery, is being held on $150,000 bail. The third, Unsir Hafeez, a Canadian citizen originally from Pakistan, is scheduled for a bail hearing this week.
Officers went to the apartment to serve a warrant for harassment, arson and telephone misuse charges on Abderrahim Houti, a Moroccan national, police said. He has also been denied bail.
A sixth man arrested at the apartment is no longer being investigated for links to terrorism and has been released on bail, officials said.

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