NEW YORK — A MAN questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation soon after the World Trade Center bombing and then allowed to leave the country has been indicted on charges that he helped mix the explosives.
American-born Abdul Rahman Yasin is believed to be in Baghdad, Iraq. On Wednesday, he became the seventh person indicted in the Feb. 26 bombing that killed six and injured more than 1,000. Five suspects are being held.
The indictment said Mr. Yasin and two other suspects - Mohammed Salameh and fugitive Ramzi Ahmed Yousef - mixed chemicals in a Jersey City, N.J., apartment "to produce explosive materials, including urea nitrate and nitroglycerine."
According to an earlier affidavit, Yasin told authorities that he taught Mr. Salameh how to drive the rented van allegedly used to transport the 1,200-pound bomb. Salameh was the first person arrested in the bombing.
Yasin was released after questioning and flew to Amman, Jordan, on March 5, the indictment said.
"At the time he departed the country, there was no legal reason why he should not have," said Steve Somerstein, an attorney hired by Yasin's family. "He had complied with every request by the FBI to be available and was available along with many, many other people."
The indictment said that Mr. Yousef flew to Pakistan the day of the bombing under a different name. The State Department is offering a $2 million reward for information leading to his capture.