DETROIT (AP) — An attorney for a Saudi man arrested at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after federal agents accused him of lying about why he was traveling with a pressure cooker says his client knew nothing about the device's use in Boston Marathon bombings.
Defense attorney James Howarth says his client, Hussain Al Khawahir (HOO'-sayn ahl kah-WAH'-heer), brought the pressure cooker at the request of his nephew.
Al Khawahir appeared in federal court Tuesday in Detroit. He waived his right to a detention hearing and will be jailed until a preliminary exam May 28. He was arrested Saturday.
His nephew, Nasser Almarzooq (NAH'sur ahl mar-ZOOK'), told The Associated Press on Monday that the arrest was a misunderstanding and that he wanted the high-quality device to cook lamb.
Pressure cookers don't kill people. Jihadis who pack pressure cookers with nails and other shrapnel kill people.Almarzooq is a college student in Ohio.