Ex-BES worker admits guilt in 2009 terror attack

Reaz Qadir Khan will spend 7.5 years in federal prison

Reaz Qadir Khan, 51, shown in a jail booking photo from March 2013 after being arrested by the FBI.
Reaz Qadir Khan, 51, shown in a jail booking photo from March 2013 after being arrested by the FBI.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) – The United States Attorney’s Office announced Friday that 51-year-old Reaz Qadir Khan entered a guilty plea to being an accessory after the fact for the help he gave to people connected to a 2009 suicide bombing in Pakistan.

According to the City of Portland, Khan worked in the Bureau of Environmental Services. He was hired in November 2005 as a Wastewater Operator II.

Reaz Qadir Khan, 51, leaving the federal courthouse in downtown Portland in 2013. (KOIN)
Reaz Qadir Khan, 51, leaving the federal courthouse in downtown Portland in 2013. (KOIN)

The May 27, 2009 attack in Lahore, Pakistan killed about 30 people and injured 300 people, according to federal prosecutors.

Khan admitted helping suicide bomber Ali Jaleel receive about $2,450 inside Pakistan before Jaleel participated in the bombing, federal prosecutors said. Khan also admitted to providing advice and financial assistance to Jaleel’s wives after the bombing — knowing that the help would hinder and prevent the apprehension of Jaleel’s wives and others, prosecutors said.

Officials said Jaleel and two others conducted the suicide attack at the Pakistan intelligence office in Lahore. Jaleel made a statement in a video that released by al-Qaeda shortly after the attack.

“He was shown preparing for the attack at a training camp in what is believed to be the Federally Administered Tribal Area of Pakistan,” USAO spokesperson Gerri Badden said in a prepared statement.

Sentencing for Khan will be June 8, 2015. The maximum sentence for “accessory after the fact” is 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $125,000.

At the time of his arrest, Greg Fowler, then Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon said: “Those who provide material support to terrorists are just as responsible for the deaths and destruction that follow as those who commit the violent acts.” He added: “The FBI will continue to focus on cutting off the flow of funds that help terrorists train, travel, and launch their attacks.”

Prosecutors have reached a deal with Khan’s defense team and he will serve 7.5 years in prison, Badden said.

In a statement, Mayor Charlie Hales said:

The City of Portland has received word that Reaz Qadir Khan has pleaded guilty to his participation in the bombing of the intelligence services headquarters in Lahore, Pakistan, in 2009.
 
Mr. Khan formerly worked in the Bureau of Environmental Services. He has been on unpaid leave of absence since his arrest in March 2013. Under the agreement reached between the City, Mr. Khan, and the union, Mr. Khan’s employment would be formally terminated in the event of a guilty verdict, a guilty plea or a finding of guilt by a jury. So as of today, Mr. Khan is a former employee of the city.
 
The union has waived its right of appeal in this case.
 
The City of Portland has not been party to the criminal investigation or the trial, and we have no comment in regard to accusations and actions related to the 2009 Pakistani bombing.

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