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Local man allegedly had terrorist links

February 20, 2009 1:31:51 PM PST
A local man was arrested in Tustin on Friday morning on immigration charges, and authorities allege he may have had connections to terrorist groups.Ahmadullah Sais Niazi, 34, lived in his Tustin home for at least eight years. He is facing charges for lying about terrorism links to get U.S. citizenship in 2004.

According to an indictment, Niazi made false statements under penalty of perjury when he was applying for citizenship when he said he had no association with terrorist organizations

He is also accused of lying to authorities about a trip he took abroad shortly after getting his citizenship. He told authorities he was visiting family when, in fact, he was visiting a man named Dr. Amin al-Haq. According to the indictment, al-Haq is the security coordinator for Osama bin Laden, who is the founder of terrorist group al-Qaeda.

Neighbors said agents arrived at the Tustin home around 6:30 a.m. Friday, and it was not the first time. About a year ago, agents had arrived and taken boxes of items from the home.

Eyewitness News Reporters Eileen Frere and Leanne Suter contributed to this report.


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