Times Square Bomb Plot Suspect Shahzad Arraigned

BY Quinn Bowman  May 18, 2010 at 6:43 PM EST

The Pakistani-American man accused of attempting to detonate a car bomb in New York City’s Times Square appeared briefly in court on Tuesday evening, more than two weeks after his arrest.

Faisal Shahzad, 30, was charged with five felony counts, including attempted terrorism, before a federal magistrate in Manhattan. The attempted terrorism charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

He did not enter a plea and is being held without bail. His next hearing is scheduled for June 1.

Shahzad has been held and questioned at an undisclosed location since his arrest at Kennedy International Airport while aboard a flight bound for Dubai, two days after the failed bombing attempt. He waived his right to appear immediately before a judge and has been cooperating with authorities, according to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Shahzad, a Pakistani immigrant who lived in Connecticut, is accused of leaving a Nissan Pathfinder rigged with makeshift explosives in Times Square on May 1. Street vendors in the area alerted police to the smoldering vehicle housing the defective bomb.

Federal authorities arrested three other men suspected of helping Shahzad by funneling him money to finance the plot.

The bombing plot has raised questions about both the effectiveness of airport no-fly lists and about the threat posed by the Pakistani Taliban in the country’s volatile Waziristan region.