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Egyptian Denied Bail in WTC Probe

Friday, 11 January 2002 12:00 AM

Abdallah Higazy, 30, the son of an Egyptian diplomat in Washington, was charged with "making false statements" to authorities in connection with the investigation of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 concerning the radio, found by hotel employees in his room's safe.

The radio could have been used to listen and talk to airline pilots.

If convicted of misleading investigators in sworn statements, Higazy could serve several months in prison.

According to Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, Higazy was enrolled as a computer engineering student in September and placed Aug. 27 at the Millennium Hilton Hotel for a month until he could find permanent housing. The hotel is across the street from the World Trade Center. U.S. District Magistrate Judge Frank Maas in Manhattan denied bail but said that with the university placing Higazy in the hotel "this may not be a terrorism case."

Higazy told investigators he had experience with radios and communications equipment from when he served in the Egyptian Air Corps, but in his first two interviews with FBI agents he claimed he knew nothing about the handheld radio that could communicate with airline pilots or monitor their conversations.

But, according to court papers, in his third interview with the FBI on Dec. 27, Higazy admitted the radio was his but he gave three conflicting stories on how he got it.

Higazy's lawyer, Robert S. Dunn, said his client says he is innocent and wants to continue his education.

On Sept. 11, the hotel's guests were evacuated and property was left behind after two hijacked airliners crashed into the 110-story twin towers of the World Trade Center. The radio came to light when hotel security officers inventoried the guests' property.

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