NO BAIL FOR TAMPA MUSLIM RAED AL-SAIF TRYING TO BRING A KNIFE ON TIA FLIGHT JUNE 4TH HE HAD TWO FLORIDA ID'S AND NUMEROUS CREDIT CARDS IN OTHER NAMES.
TAMPA - A federal magistrate today ordered 24-year-old Saudi Arabian national RAED AL-SAIF held without bail on a charge he tried to bring a knife with a 7-inch blade aboard a plane at Tampa International Airport. A federal prosecutor said Alsaif is in the United States on a student visa and was attending the University of Tampa until he was "academically dismissed" for bad grades May 27.
Because he failed to file a timely appeal, he is in violation of his visa. Hansen said Alsaif had numerous credit and identification cards, some in other people's names, when he was arrested. He also detailed a spotty record of addresses Alsaif gave to investigators and his school; Alsaif was carrying two Florida ID cards with different addresses.
Alsaif's father is a former diplomat from Saudi Arabia, the prosecutor said. Alsaif told agents he planned to call the consulate because his father knows the king, Hansen said. He also recently told a friend he planned to flee the country because he wanted to get away from requirements imposed on him by Hillsborough County courts relating to a drug charge.
The FBI in Philadelphia has said it is looking into whether there is a connection between Alsaif's arrest and the arrest of two people in Philadelphia that same day June 4th 2009 private investigator Bill Warner tipped off the Tampa Tribune to this fact. The Philadelphia passenger and airline employee were charged with trying to smuggle a gun onto a flight bound for Phoenix.
On the morning of June 4th, the FBI says an airline employee in Philadelphia helped his friend bypass security and onto a plane with an unloaded handgun in his bag. At about the same time, a man with ties to a controversial Islamic school was arrested for allegedly trying to secret a 7-inch butcher knife onto a Tampa flight. FBI Special Agent Frank Burton in Philadelphia said the agency is "looking into" in any possible connections. Bill Warner, a Sarasota, Fla., private investigator who has worked with federal agencies on terrorist-related issues, says the cases should raise red flags.
See Federal Detainer Below.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA TAMPA DIVISION
26th day of June 2009
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Case No. 8:09-cr-285-T-24EAJ
RAED ABDULRAHMAN ALSAIF,
Defendant.ORDER OF DETENTION;
The Defendant is before the court on an initial and bail/detention hearing. He stands indicted for knowingly possessing a butcher knife while attempting to board an aircraft at Tampa International Airport in violation of 49 U.S.C. § 46505(b).
The government seeks detention on the basis of risk of flight. The Defendant seeks release on conditions including a secured bond and residence with other family members. A hearing was conducted June 26, 2009. Upon consideration, the Defendant’s request for release is denied. As revealed at the hearing, the Defendant’s ties to the Middle District of Florida are tenuous at best.
He is a foreign national in the U.S. on a student visa. At present, he is in violation of that visa and subject to deportation. Immigration has placed a detainer against him for purposes of such proceedings. The Defendant has family ties in the Portland, Oregon area and family members have offered to secure his release with the equity in property located there.
They propose that the Defendant reside with them there in the hopes that his student visa will be renewed and he can attend Portland State University. While these are not insignificant conditions, they do nothing to alter the Defendant’s immigration status. Based on matters revealed in the government’s proffer, there are reasons to suspect that the Defendant has not been entirely candid since his arrest. On the whole, the court finds insufficient security and other conditions of release to assure the Defendant’s attendance at further proceedings and accordingly, he is ordered DETAINED.
The Defendant may revisit the matter on subsequent motion should circumstances warrant. The Defendant is committed to the custody of the Attorney General or his designated representative for confinement in a corrections facility separate, to the extent practicable, from persons awaiting or serving sentences or being held in custody pending appeal.
The Defendant shall be afforded a reasonable opportunity for private consultation with defense counsel. On Order of a Court of the United States or on request of an attorney for the Government, the person in charge of the corrections facility shall deliver the Defendant to the United States Marshal for the purpose of an appearance in connection with a court proceeding.
Done and Ordered in Tampa, Florida this 26th day of June 2009.
Copies furnished to:
Jay Hoffer, Assistant United States Attorney
William Bryan, Attorney for Defendant