Friday, May 28, 2004

AP Wire | 05/28/2004 | Saudi Man Held on Immigration Charges

AP Wire | 05/28/2004 | Saudi Man Held on Immigration Charges

Posted on Fri, May. 28, 2004

Saudi Man Held on Immigration Charges

Associated Press

SAN DIEGO - A Saudi believed to have indirect ties to two of the Sept. 11 hijackers was arrested on immigration charges and could face deportation, authorities said.

Hasan Saddiq Faseh Alddin, 34, was a roommate of a close friend of Saudi hijackers Nawaf Alhazmi and Khalid al-Midhar in the 1990s, the Department of Homeland Security said in a news release. The two hijackers died aboard the American Airlines jet that crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

Alddin's onetime roommate left the United States the day before the terrorist strikes, officials said. A Homeland Security spokeswoman, Lauren Mack, declined to elaborate or identify the roommate.

Alddin, arrested Thursday near his home in Vista, a San Diego suburb, was placed in deportation proceedings and is being held without bail. Theimmigration charges resulted from two convictions for domestic violence.

The Saudi Embassy in Washington was unaware of the arrest, said a spokesman, Nail Al-Jubeir.

Alddin entered the United States in August 1994 on a student visa, married a U.S. citizen and became a legal permanent resident in 1999, the department said. Foreign nationals are subject to deportation for domestic violence.

Officials said it was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer.

Last week, authorities deported a former San Diego State University student who was at one time suspected of helping the hijackers. Mohdar Abdullah, 26, spent nearly three years in jail before being returned to Yemen.

After his arrest, investigators had said Abdullah was a friend of Hani Hanjour, al-Midhar and Alhazmi. Those allegations were not addressed when he pleaded guilty to lying to a U.S. immigration officer and received a six-month sentence.


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