Dr. Jai Maharaj
2005-08-13 22:15:24 UTC
FBI: Calif. Muslim Cleric Plotted Attacks
By David Kravets, Associated Press Writer
Tuesday, August 9, 2005
(08-09) 14:38 PDT SAN FRANCISCO, (AP) - A judge refused
to set bail Tuesday for a Muslim cleric from Pakistan who
faces deportation and has been accused of planning to set
up a camp to train followers to kill Americans.
Shabbir Ahmed, 39, is only charged with overstaying his
visa while he was heading a mosque in Lodi. The
allegation about the terrorist camp came from an FBI
agent's testimony during the immigration hearing.
"Do I believe he is planning a terror attack?" FBI agent
Gary Schaaf said. "That's some of the information that
has been provided to us."
He testified that Ahmed and others were in the fledgling
stages of opening a terrorism training camp in Lodi, a
town of 62,000 about 30 miles south of Sacramento. Schaaf
did not say what type of terrorist attacks were planned,
but he said Ahmed was acting as an intermediary for Osama
bin Laden and other terrorists.
Ahmed's lawyer said that if his client was connected with
terrorism, he would be facing criminal charges rather
than just being charged with overstaying his visa.
Ahmed was one of five men connected to the mosque
arrested in June.
Immigration Judge Anthony Murry declined to offer Ahmed
bail as he fights the immigraton charge. "I am compelled
to find you are both a flight risk and a danger to the
community," Murry said.
The judge set an Oct. 24 hearing in which Ahmed can
challenge his detention and immigration charge.
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