published Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Judge: Suspect in Pakistan attack no flight risk

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    A photo provided by the Multnomah County Sheriff made in 2013, in Portland, Ore., shows Reaz Qadir Khan. Khan is accused of providing support to a suicide bomber who participated in a 2009 attack in Pakistan that killed about 30 people and injured another 300.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

PORTLAND, Ore. — A federal judge has affirmed the release of a Portland city employee charged with aiding terrorism, pending the man’s trial.

Reaz Qadir Khan, a 48-year-old employee of the city’s wastewater department, is accused of aiding a 2009 suicide bombing at the headquarters of Pakistan’s intelligence agency.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ethan Knight says Khan is a flight risk.

But a federal magistrate ruled Wednesday that Khan would be released Thursday if basic, preliminary conditions were met. U.S. District Judge Michael Mossman later affirmed that decision.

Khan’s attorney, Amy Baggio, says Khan has known about the investigation since December and has not fled. She says Khan has deep ties to the community and willingly surrendered both his Pakistani and U.S. passports.

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