San Bernardino shooter’s brother held with 2 others

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

LOS AN­GE­LES– Three peo­ple linked to the cou­ple re­spon­si­ble for De­cem­ber’s mass shoot­ing in San Bernardino, Cal­i­for­nia were ar­rested on Thurs­day on con­spir­acy, mar­riage fraud and other charges un­re­lated to the mas­sacre, US pros­e­cu­tors said.

The trio in­cluded Syed Ra­heel Fa­rook, whose brother Syed Rizwan Fa­rook and sis­terin­law, Pak­istan- born Tash­feen Ma­lik, killed 14 peo­ple in a ram­page au­thor­i­ties have said was in­spired by mil­i­tants.

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All three pleaded not guilty and will be re­leased on bond, Los An­ge­les US At­tor­ney’s Of­fice spokesper­son Thom Mrozek said.

Lawyers for the three did not im­me­di­ately re­turn calls seek­ing com­ment. Of­fi­cials said the charges stemmed from an im­mi­gra­tion- re­lated in­ves­ti­ga­tion that came out of their probe into the mas­sacre.

US Navy vet­eran Syed Ra­heel Fa­rook, 31, his wife, Ta­tiana Fa­rook, 31, and her sis­ter Mariya Ch­ernykh, 26, were ar­rested af­ter be­ing charged with con­spir­acy to make a false state­ment to im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials while un­der oath, the at­tor­ney’s of­fice said.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion found that in 2014 En­rique Mar­quez, who had been a friend of Syed Rizwan Fa­rook, al­legedly agreed in re­turn for pay­ment to marry Ch­ernykh, a Rus­sian cit­i­zen, so she could ap­ply for per­ma­nent US res­i­dency sta­tus, charg­ing doc­u­ments stated. Ch­ernykh also was charged with fraud and two counts of mak­ing ma­te­rial false state­ments to fed­eral agents.

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