A Pakistani man who is being held in jail for an immigration violation while police investigate the attempted car bombing in Times Square will soon be free on bail, his wife said Friday.

Sara Rahman and her husband’s attorney have begun the process of arranging for bond for Mohammad Shafiq Rahman of South Portland, one of three Pakistani men who were charged with immigration violations as authorities investigated the attempted car bombing on May 1.

An immigration judge set bail this week at $10,000. Rahman will likely be released early in the week, after the holiday weekend, said Cynthia Arn, Rahman’s attorney.

Arn said people can be reassured that Rahman has “no connection” to Faisal Shahzad, who pleaded guilty to 10 terrorism and weapons charges in the Times Square case.

“He’s not a threat. He was never a threat,” she said.

Rahman, a computer programmer, came to the United States legally in 1999, has no criminal record and got married in March.

He knew Shahzad when he lived in Connecticut a decade ago because they were both part of the Pakistani community, but they haven’t spoken in years, she said.

Authorities have said that Rahman and two men who were arrested in Massachusetts may have given money to Shahzad through an informal money transfer network but may not have known how the money would be used.

No criminal charges were brought against any of the three men.

With any terrorist connection debunked, Arn said she anticipates that the matter will proceed as an ordinary immigration case. Rahman is accused of overstaying his visa.

Sara Rahman said Friday that she’s looking forward to being reunited with her husband, but said she understands that there could be delays.

“This has been so stressful on her family. She’s really been through the wringer,” Arn said. “It’s been terrible for her and her kids. They just want to get back together and re-establish their bond and get back to something resembling a life.”


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