April 1st, 2010
07:52 PM ET

Grand jury indicts cabbie on terror-related charges

A Chicago, Illinois, cab driver was indicted Thursday on two counts of providing material support to al Qaeda by attempting to send the terrorist group funds overseas, the Department of Justice said.

Raja Lahrasib Khan, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan, was arrested last week on the same charges.

Justice Department spokesman Randall Samborn said the indictment cancels a scheduled April 7 hearing before a U.S. magistrate, and a formal arraignment will be scheduled shortly before a U.S. District Court judge.

Khan appeared in federal court in Chicago last Friday afternoon. He is being represented by the federal public defender program, Samborn said.

The complaint against Khan that led to his arrest alleges that he attempted to transfer funds to Ilyas Kashmiri, an alleged terrorist leader who tried to help organize an attack against a Danish newspaper that published cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed, according to U.S. officials.

Kashmiri is an alleged leader of Harakat-ul Jihad Islami, a group the U.S. Justice Department said has "trained terrorists [and] executed attacks in the state of Jammu and Kashmir under Indian control."

Kashmiri also is alleged to have links with al Qaeda.

Earlier this month, a U.S.-born Chicago man who officials say had ties to Kashmiri pleaded guilty to terrorism-related charges. Authorities say that man, David Headley, had planned the attack on a Danish newspaper in coordination with Kashmiri. The attack was never carried out.

The investigation leading to Khan's arrest is unrelated to the investigation that resulted in the charges against Headley and another Chicagoan, Tahawwur Hussain Rana, who is also alleged to have participated in the Denmark plot.

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  1. daniwitz13

    Here they go again. arresting people that they claimed "allegedly" "attempted" to send something to someone who "allegedly has ties with a person that they think has ties to al-Qaeda. Nothing is ever DONE or sent or met or anything. When are they going to stop arresting people for thoughts in their minds. How can our Govt. send people to prison for wanting to do something, for trying to attempt something that only our Govt. perceives is wrong? Our Govt. sends money to other countries and covert operations. Do they know where it ends up? If it happens to end up in enemy hands, who gets punished? Our President? Where is the consistency. Can I just say that our Govt. is "attempting" to arrest the wrong man and be effective? No, only our Govt. because it can.

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