A naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan has been indicted in Portland for conspiring to provide material support to terrorists in connection with a suicide bombing in Pakistan.
Reaz Qadir Khan, 48, was arrested on March 5, 2013 at his home for allegedly providing advice and money to Ali Jaleel, a citizen of the Maldives and not a U.S. resident. Jaleel and two other bombers took part in a suicide bombing on the Pakistani intelligence headquarters in Lahore Pakistan in May 2009. The attack killed approximately 30 individuals, according to an FBI press release. The indictment, which was returned by a grand jury on December 27, 2012 but not unsealed until Khan’s arrest, states that Jaleel was featured in an Al Qaeda-produced film that claimed credit for the attack.
Khan came to the United States in 1988 to study chemical engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and has worked for the City of Portland since 2005 as a wastewater treatment operator. According to court documents, Khan allegedly sent $2450 to Jaleel “so that Jaleel could attend a training camp in preparation” for an attack. According to authorities, Jaleel gained admission to a training camp in Pakistan ostensibly due, at least in part, to the advice and assistance Khan provided.
Although it has not been revealed how Jaleel and Khan first came to know each other, court documents indicate that Khan and Jaleel “used email and intermediaries” to communicate with each other while Jaleel was in the Maldives and later in Pakistan. According to excerpted emails in the indictment, Jaleel reminded Khan of his promise that “we shall strive until Allah’s word is superior or until we perish” and that “this world is of no use to us so let’s sacrifice ourself [sic] for the pleasure of Allah.”
Khan also promised to support Jaleel’s family “as much as possible.” He sent money to one of Jaleel’s wives a few days after the attack, according to the charges against him.
A judge ordered that Khan be released pending trial, currently scheduled for May 2013, subject to certain conditions because he had known he was under investigation and did not flee. Khan’s attorneys have highlighted that the authorities have not alleged any further criminal activity on Khan’s part since the summer of 2009. If convicted, Khan faces a possible life sentence.