Pakistan diplomat due in Maine to meet detainee

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The top Pakistani official in New England is due to meet with a Maine man detained during an investigation into the attempted bombing of New York’s Times Square.

Barry Hoffman, Pakistan’s consul general in Boston, says Friday’s meeting will ensure Mohammad Shafiq (shah-FEEK’) Rahman of South Portland is being treated well and understands his rights.

Rahman’s employer, Larry Adlerstein, says Rahman’s wife met with him for the first time Wednesday night, nearly a week after Rhaman and two other Pakistanis from the Boston area were detained.

Investigators say the three are believed to have supplied funds to car-bomb suspect Faisal Shahzad (FY’-sul shah-ZAHD’) but may not have known how the money would be used. For now, all three are held for administrative visa violations, not criminal violations.

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