A man with
alleged ties to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network will likely
be deported to Syria by mid-October without facing any terrorism
charges. The Kuwaiti native had been living in the Detroit area
and was licensed to haul hazardous materials, including explosives
and caustic chemicals.
who was arrested near Chicago after the Sept. 11 attacks, has
pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit alien smuggling. He was
accused of trying to sneak across the Canadian border into New
York, in a tractor-trailer with the help of two men in June 2001.
reportedly don't have enough evidence to pursue more serious charges.
He was identified as a bin Laden agent by a man convicted of conspiring
to blow up a Jordanian hotel filed with Americans and Israelis
on Jan. 1, 2000.
name turned up on a watch list last September after he allegedly
transferred money to a bin Laden associate in the Middle East.
He was arrested Sept. 19 at a Burbank, IL, liquor store where
he recently started working.
had multiple driver licenses dating back to August 2000, said
Patty Hayden of the Michigan Secretary of State's office. In September
2000, his license was updated to add a commercial designation
to haul hazmat. In November 2000, his license was corrected to
reflect an address change, and in August 2001 a duplicate license
was issued. Hayden said residents generally request a duplicate
license if their previous license has been lost, damaged or stolen.
Boyd, a spokeswoman with the Secretary of State's office, said
the state decided to review procedures for issuing duplicate licenses
last fall, but noted it is up to the individual to make sure they
destroy outdated licenses. Since then, Boyd said the department
decided not to change procedures for issuing duplicates.
men were arrested last September when federal terrorism agents
raided the apartment in southwest Detroit where al-Marabh had
lived and allegedly discovered bogus identification papers and
a day planner containing sketches in Arabic of Incirlik Air Base
in Turkey, which is used by U.S. planes to patrol Iraq, and sketches
of an airport in Amman, Jordan.
Two of the
three men had trained last summer in the Detroit area to drive
tractor-trailers. They had also worked as dishwashers until July
2001 for a company that provides in-flight meals for airlines
at Detroit Metro Airport. It was unclear what effect al-Marabh's
deportation would have on the three.
--Keith Goble, staff writer