posted on Apr, 28 2005 @ 09:47 AM
A Nigerian born student pilot, named Zayead Christopher Hajaig, 35, also known as Barry John Felton, is being held in an Essex police station. Hajaig
was arrested Wednesday on a documents theft charge. This information was given to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution by the British police. The FBI
has made no comment so far.
A spokeswoman for London's Metropolitan Police Service said Hajaig, who is also known as Barry John Felton, was arrested at his home in Essex by
officers from the anti-terrorism branch of the department, also known as New Scotland Yard.
She said he was in custody at an Essex police station and his home was searched.
Steve Lazarus, a spokesman for the FBI in Atlanta, confirmed Hajaig's arrest but would not comment further.
Hajaig, 35, took flight lessons at Gwinnett County Airport-Briscoe Field in 2002. A terrorism alert was issued after he allegedly tried to have his
pilot rating upgraded to fly commercial aircraft despite not being qualified.
Last week, a federal grand jury indicted Hajaig on three counts of being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm
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Hajaig had become aggressive during his flight school while urging the instructors at Gwinnett County Airport-Briscoe Field to speed up the training.
A Terrorism Alert went up when it was learned that Hajaig tried to upgrade his pilots licensed to fly commercial planes without the proper
qualifications. Mohamed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi, two of the alleged pilots who crashed the planes into the WTC also trained at Briscoe Field.