City Worker Accused of Helping Terrorists
March 6, 2013, 8:38 am
Reaz Qadir Khan will be released by a federal judge Thursday afternoon. He will spend the night in jail, while the judge sets the conditions for his release. District Judge Michael Mossman wants to tie up Khan's assets with a $25,000 bond and have him computer monitored during his release. He would also be required to wear an ankle bracelet and would only be allowed to leave home for work or to attend religious services. His attorney Larry Matazar seems to be satisfied with that.
The waste water operator who works for the City of Portland was arrested by the FBI and accused of helping terrorists. Reaz Qadir Khan was arrested at his home on Tuesday in his Southwest Portland apartment, after working a double-shift for the city. Khan is accused of sending money and advice to a terrorist involved in a suicide attack. That attack on the Pakistan Intelligence Headquarters in 2009 killed 30 people and injured another 300.
Khan allegedly gave $2,500 to the mastermind of the attack, who later credited Khan in a video. Federal investigators say they have a string of evidence against Khan, including money a transfer from a Fred Meyer in Tigard to Pakistan. They also have several emails, including one that read: "Where are the words you said with tears in your eyes that 'we shall strive until Allah's word is superior or until we perish???"
Khan made his second appearance in U.S. District Court
He was born in Pakistan but is a naturalized U.S. citizen. If convicted, he could face life in prison. Portland Mayor Charlie Hales called the act "deplorable". He went onto say “However, we should all remember that the charges contained in Mr. Khan’s indictment are allegations only, and that Mr. Khan is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.”. Khan also promised Ali Jaleel he would take care of his family.
As for his job as a Waste Water Engineer with the City of Portland he will likely be placed on paid leave. Matazar told the judge that the city attorney told him that the city would not terminate people without just cause.