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Portland man held on terrorism charge for aid in 2009 bombing

by: COURTESY OF MCSO - Reaz Khan is charged with aiding a suicide bomber in a May 2009 attack in Lahore, PakistanReaz Qadir Khan, a 48-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen from Portland, faces charges of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists for what federal prosecutors are saying is his involvement in a May 2009 bombing in Lahore, Pakistan.

The bomb attack killed 30 people and injured about 300 others.

FBI agents arrested Khan Tuesday morning, March 5, at his Portland home. He appeared before Magistrate Paul Papak in federal court, where the charges against him were read. Khan faces a federal indictment in court Wednesday afternoon, March 6, in which he is charged with one count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists.

If convicted, Khan faces the possibility of life in prison.

Khan has not entered a plea to the charges.

“The indictment unsealed today set forth how Mr. Khan allegedly supported a terrorist who killed dozens of innocent people in Lahore, Pakistan,” said U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall.

“Those who provide material support to terrorists are just as responsible for the deaths and destruction that follow as those who commit the violent acts,” said Greg Fowler, special agent in charge of the FBI in Oregon.

According to the federal indictment, from Dec. 14, 2005, through June 2, 2009, Khan conspired with a man named Ali Jaleel and others to provide support and resources to kill, maim or kidnap people.

Jaleel was a Maldivian national who lived outside the United States. Jaleel died while participating in the suicide attack on the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) headquarters in Lahore on May 27, 2009, according to the indictment.

Federal prosecutors said that as part of the conspiracy, Khan allegedly used email and intermediaries to provide advice and financial assistance to Jaleel and his family. Khan allegedly provided Jaleel with advice to help him in his efforts to travel undetected from the Maldives to commit violent jihad and used coded language when communicating with Jaleel to avoid detection.

Khan also allegedly provided financial assistance so Jaleel could attend a training camp to prepare for an attack. Khan also allegedly provided financial support and advice to Jaleel’s family while Jaleel traveled to Pakistan and after he died.

Money for his family

In April 2006, Jaleel and a small group from the Maldives attempted to travel to Pakistan to train for violent jihad in Iraq or Afghanistan, but they were detained and returned to the Maldives, where Jaleel was placed under house arrest, according to the indictment.

In 2008, Jaleel allegedly emailed Khan about his plans to travel to Pakistan again, and in response, Khan provided advice to Jaleel on how to avoid detection and offered to arrange for money to be sent to Jaleel.

In October 2008, Jaleel allegedly told Khan he needed “$2,500 for everything” and asked that Khan take care of his family and educate his children. Khan promised to help Jaleel’s family.

Khan later told Jaleel to pick up the money he needed to enter the training camp from an individual in Karachi, Pakistan. To arrange for this transfer, Khan allegedly contacted an individual in Los Angeles who he knew could quickly arrange for Jaleel to pick up money in Pakistan.

According to indictment, the person in Los Angeles then arranged for the money to be available for pick-up from the individual in Karachi.

According to the indictment, on May 27, 2009, Jaleel and two others executed the suicide attack at the ISI Headquarters in Lahore. In a video released by the media outlet of al-Qaeda shortly after the attack, Jaleel allegedly made a statement taking responsibility for the attack and he was shown preparing for the attack at a training camp in what is believed to be the Federally Administered Tribal Area of Pakistan.

In June 2009, Khan allegedly wired about $750 from a store in Oregon to one of Jaleel’s wives in the Maldives.