Charges dismissed in airport pressure cooker case

Jun 8, 2013

DETROIT (AP) - Charges have been dismissed against a Saudi man arrested at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after a pressure cooker was found in his bag.

Hussain Al Khawahir was arrested May 11th and charged with giving false statements to federal agents and possessing an altered passport. Authorities said he lied about why he was traveling with the pressure cooker.

The U.S. Attorney's Office told the Detroit Free Press in a statement Friday that Hussain Al Khawahir "will go immediately into the custody of U.S. Customs and Border protection for removal" from the U.S.

His attorney, James Howarth, has said Al Khawahir didn't know pressure cookers were used to make bombs in the Boston Marathon attack and was bringing the appliance for his nephew.