2 U.S. Citizens Met Extremists To Talk About Attacks, FBI Says

By Anthony M. DeStefano
Newsday
Saturday, April 22, 2006

NEW YORK, April 21 -- A U.S. citizen whose family came from Bangladesh was being flown to New York on Friday to face charges he lied to federal investigators about his meetings with suspected terrorists, officials said.

Ehsanul Islam Sadequee, 19, who had been living in Roswell, Ga., could be arraigned as early as Saturday in Brooklyn federal court on charges he gave numerous false statements to the FBI when questioned about his travels abroad, according to an arrest warrant unsealed Friday.

Investigators said that Sadequee, who was born in Fairfax, in 1986, gave false statements when interviewed at John F. Kennedy International Airport in August about a trip earlier in the year to Canada. During a check of Sadequee's baggage, FBI agents found two CDs in the lining of his suitcase. One could not be decoded; the other contained a pornographic film, according to an affidavit filed with the arrest warrant.

During the FBI interviews, Sadequee said his travel to Bangladesh was to get married and that he went alone to Canada to stay with an aunt, officials said. However, FBI agents said that after interviewing Sadequee's friend, Syed Haris Ahmed, they believed that Sadequee lied in his discussions with investigators about the Canada travel.

Ahmed told agents that he traveled to Canada with Sadequee in March 2005 to meet with "like-minded Islamic extremists" at which time the group "discussed strategic locations in the United States suitable for a terrorist strike, to include oil refineries and military bases," according to the affidavit. Ahmed said that Sadequee did not stay with his aunt but rather a person he and Ahmed wanted to accompany to terrorist camps for training, according to investigators.

Officials said in the affidavit that Ahmed later traveled to Pakistan in an attempt to receive such training. Ahmed, 21, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Pakistan, was charged Thursday in Atlanta on federal charges that he provided material support to terrorism. He is being held without bond after entering a plea of not guilty.

A news report from Dhaka, Bangladesh, stated that Sadequee's father said his son, who was married on March 30, had been arrested in Dhaka on Monday.


© 2006 The Washington Post Company