A Pakistani Muslim immigrant was arrested for bomb threats on a major airport last month and it is just making the news now? WTF?
A Pakistani immigrant wanted for threatening to blow up Reagan National Airport in Virginia last month has been committed to Bridgewater State Hospital for a 20-day psychiatric evaluation after police say he left a copy of the Quran outside a state office building on Beacon Hill while wearing “traditional Islamic dress.”
Aziz Rehman Osmani, 22, of Virginia, a naturalized citizen with a U.S. passport, pleaded not guilty yesterday in Boston Municipal Court to fugitive from justice and local trespassing charges. In addition to Bridgewater, he was ordered held without bail by Judge Sally A. Kelly pending an Oct. 31 competency hearing.
Jeff Miner, a court psychologist, met with Osmani for about an hour yesterday to gauge his mental state at the request of Osmani’s attorney, Patrick Colvario, who voiced doubts about his competency.
“Mr. Osmani did appear to be having some difficulty following the conversation,” Miner testified. “There were long pauses … In my opinion, there do appear to be signs of mental illness.”
Osmani stood quietly in court yesterday, occasionally closing his eyes. He wore a gray hooded sweatshirt over a long blue tunic and matching pants cropped at his calves.
Colvario said Osmani took a bus to Boston, but it was not stated in court why he was at liberty to travel with pending bomb threat charges.
Rob Yingling, spokesman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, told the Herald that Osmani was arrested and hospitalized Sept. 29 after creating a disturbance at Reagan at 4 a.m. that day by “making a series of threatening statements.”
Yingling said Osmani was in custody when he was taken to a hospital there. He said he was later moved to a Washington, D.C., jail, “which is out of our jurisdiction.”
Eight state warrants issued out of Virginia for Osmani’s arrest charge him with six counts of making bomb threats and two counts of assault and battery on Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority police officers.
Assistant Suffolk District Attorney Benjamin Megrian said Osmani was arrested Monday afternoon in an alleyway off Boylston Street “designated as a no-trespassing area” as he was shouting obscenities at another man.
Megrian said Osmani was the subject of a bulletin issued by the Boston Regional Intelligence Center earlier in the day after he allegedly made a scene in a Downtown Crossing jewelry store, and was allegedly seen later leaving the Quran at the McCormack Building.
Boston Police said a series of concerning incidents led them to him on Monday.
First, they said Osmani got into an argument with employees at a jewelry store on Washington Street when he was looking at pieces of jewelry and then refused to return them.
Later, he was spotted leaving a suspicious package on the steps of the McCormack Building at 1 Ashburn Place on Beacon Hill, a state government building.
It turned out to be a Quran, the Muslim holy book.
The State Police bomb squad responded, and found that there was no threat.
On that same afternoon, police responded to a disturbance at a shelter, and recognized Osmani from security footage from the jewelry store.
Once he was in custody, police discovered Osmani had six warrants for his arrest out of Washington, D.C., some of which allege he made bomb threats.
Osmani is expected to be back in court later Tuesday on a charge of being a fugitive from justice. After that, he will be arraigned and possibly held for transport to D.C.
If it’s so obvious he has mental issues, why didn’t anyone discover that during his immigration and naturalization screenings and proceedings? Another vetting failure and more evidence the entire immigration system needs to be halted until further notice.
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