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Man Arrested Had Applied for Job

October 17, 2001

CHICAGO (AP) _ A man arrested in the terrorism investigation who had acquired a hazardous-material trucker’s license was turned down for a truck-driving job in August, a company official confirmed Tuesday.

Nabil Al-Marabh, 34, had a Michigan commercial driver’s license that enabled him to haul hazardous materials, but was turned down because he was driving on a traffic ticket, said Michael Parise, president and owner of Container Express Inc. in the Chicago suburb of Summit.

Al-Marabh, a former Boston cabbie, was arrested Sept. 19 in suburban Burbank on immigration charges and a fugitive warrant from Massachusetts. He was transferred to New York after several days of questioning.

In June, Al-Marabh was caught trying to enter the United States from Canada with a fake Canadian passport. He was handed over to Canadian authorities and later released on bail, but didn’t show up for a Sept. 13 court appearance.

The U.S. Customs Service has discovered financial transactions between al-Marabh and Raed Hijazi, a suspect in the failed plot to kill Americans in Jordan during the millennium celebration, law enforcement officials have told The Associated Press.

Parise said he had been contacted by the FBI. FBI spokesman Ross Rice declined to comment. Al-Marabh’s application for a driving job was first reported by the Chicago Sun-Times.

Parise said Al-Marabh proposed Aug. 20 that he drive a truck belonging to another man under contract with Container Express. Parise declined to identify the other man.

Al-Marabh also lacked a required report telling how many tickets he had received, Parise said. The report arrived Sept. 28 from Michigan and showed many violations, Parise said.

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