Saturday, September 09, 2006

Man arrested in airport knife scare

ROMULUS, Mich. - A man with a one-way ticket to Yemen attempted to board a plane with a knife hidden in a book, authorities said.

Mohammed Ghanem, 21, of Hamtramck, was jailed Saturday on $500,000 after being arraigned on a charge of possessing a weapon in the sterile area of an airport.

Ghanem was arrested Thursday at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after Transportation Security Administration officers detected the knife "artfully concealed" in the book, airport spokesman Michael Conway said.

Someone had carved out the inside of the book and placed the knife inside it, said Ghanem's attorney, Nabih Ayad.

"He said he didn't know where the knife came from," Ayad told the Detroit Free Press.

Let's see, Mohammed has a one-way ticket to Yemen, and it just so happens that he has a knife hidden inside of a carved-out book, and his attorney, Nabih Ayad says his client Mohammed has no idea where the knife came from.

Oooookay. I think Mohammed may well need a long vacation at Club Gitmo.

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