Judge: Suspect in Pakistan attack no flight risk

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Posted: Mar 06, 2013 7:04 PM
Judge: Suspect in Pakistan attack no flight risk

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — 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.