Mass. Man Held in Times Square Bomb Probe Ordered Deported

Friday, May 28, 2010  |  Updated 2:00 PM EDT
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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder holds a press conference at Department of Justice headquarters regarding the investigation into the recent attempted Times Square car bombing May 4, 2010 in Washington, DC. Faisal Shahzad, 30, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan was arrested in connection with the case while on board a flight leaving the country.

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A U.S. immigration judge has ordered a man arrested in Massachusetts during the probe into the failed Times Square bombing deported to his native Pakistan.

Judge Robin Feder made the ruling in the case of Aftab Khan on Thursday and the announcement was made Friday.

The 27-year-old Khan was one of three men arrested May 13 on immigration charges and suspected of supplying money to the primary suspect, Faisal Shahzad. But authorities said the men may not have known how the money would be used.

Khan's lawyer had asked Feder to allow his client to voluntarily leave the country, while federal authorities asked Feder to keep Khan in the United States.

Khan said he'd never heard of Shahzad before his arrest. But federal authorities said Khan had Shahzad's name in his cell phone and written on an envelope.

A message left with Khan's attorney was not immediately returned.

The Department of Homeland Security will determine when and how Khan is returned to Pakistan.

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