Sacramento, CA — A Pakistani cleric facing deportation is being accused during an immigration hearing of trying to incite followers to defend Osama bin Laden and kill Americans.
Shabbir Ahmed is seeking bail on a charge of overstaying his visa to head a Lodi mosque in the Central Valley. He denied Friday that he had made any speech against the United States.
Counsel for the Department of Justice says Ahmed is linked to a terrorist group in Pakistan, and had preached about attacking Americans a few months after the September 11th terrorist attacks. Ahmed is one of five men arrested during a terrorism investigation in Lodi.