Sheikh 'to be detained by US'

The US Justice Department has decided to take Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman into custody but will not charge him in connection with an alleged bombing conspiracy in New York, a US television channel reported yesterday. The blind sheikh 'may soon be picked up for violation of immigration laws,' ABC television said in its evening newscast, citing government sources, Reuter reports from Washington.

The sheikh will not be charged, however, in connection with the alleged conspiracy, ABC said, although secretly recorded government tapes indicated he had prior knowledge of the plots.