- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 26, 2002

BALTIMORE An Afghan being held without bail on immigration charges denied any links to terrorism, saying he is merely a cook.
The FBI is investigating Khoshal Wahid Nasery and five other men who were arrested Sept. 10 in a sparsely furnished 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.
Mr. Nasery said he came to the United States from Canada in December 2000 to work as a cook to support his sick mother.
"All I know is how to cook," Mr. Nasery told Baltimore television station WMAR (Channel 2). "I know nothing else. I am a cook, not an airline pilot not a terrorist."
The computers in the apartment aren't his, and the Islamic literature officials found in the apartment included a Koran, Mr. Nasery said.
"The Islamic holy book is the Koran," Mr. Nasery said. "Who doesn't have a Bible at home? It's our Bible."
Mr. Nasery is being held at the Wicomico County Detention Center on the Eastern Shore on charges he overstayed a visitor's visa. Judge Lisa Dornell has given the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) until Monday to provide evidence that Mr. Nasery should continue to be held without bail.
Mr. Nasery said he is outraged to be kept in jail without bail.
"I think it's disgusting," Mr. Nasery said. "They're making a big mistake. They're supposed to hunt down terrorists, not bring innocent people to justice."
Three others are being held without bail on routine immigration charges, pending an Oct. 7 bail hearing, INS officials said.


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