Man Charged with Document Fraud Cleared of Explosives Charges

September 23, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On September 23, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "tests that found explosive residue on the bags of a Muslim cleric arrested at Portland's airport on document fraud charges have been thrown out after they were reviewed at an FBI crime lab, the man's lawyer said. Stanley Cohen, a New York civil rights attorney who took the case of Sheik Mohamed Abdirahman Kariye, said the FBI tests showed the bags were free of explosives residues. Kariye, 41, is accused of using false information - including a changed name - while applying for and receiving three different Social Security cards between 1983 and 1995. The federal indictment also alleges Kariye used an altered birth date in a 1998 asylum application."