The man suspected of trying to set off a carbomb in New York’s Times Square on May 1 was indicted by a federal grand jury on Thursday on terrorism-related charges.
Pakistani-born Faisal Shahzad, who became a U.S. citizen last year, was indicted on 10 charges, including attempted use of a weaponof mass destruction and attempted terrorism transcending national borders.
He faces life in prison if convicted and has been cooperating with authorities since he was arrested, officials said.
“(The) 10-count indictment returned in the Southern District of NewYork charges Faisal Shahzad with conspiring with the Pakistani Taliban to wreak death and destruction in Times Square,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement.
Shahzad’s attorney, Philip Weinstein, declined comment on the indictment.
Shahzad, 30, is accused of parking a vehicle containing a crude car bomb in Times Square in Midtown Manhattan. He was arrested aboard a Dubai-bound jetliner two days later that was minutes from leaving New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
He did not enter a plea during his first court appearance on May 18.
Prosecutors said Shahzad, who has a wife and two children in Pakistan, had traveled to a Taliban and al Qaeda stronghold in Pakistan to receive bomb-making training.
Source: Basil Katz for Yahoo! News Reuters.
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by Tactical-Life.com / Jun 18, 2010