Lawyer Released, But Still Not Free


LOHA, Ore. (AP) - An American lawyer freed two weeks after his arrest in connection with the terror attacks in Spain still cannot leave Oregon and must ask officials' permission to leave his house, his relatives said Friday.

Brandon Mayfield, 37, released from custody Thursday after a detention hearing, has been placed on the restrictions pending a possible grand jury hearing, relatives said.

''I was assuming this is over. But it's not over,'' said Kent Mayfield, the attorney's brother.

Mayfield was released soon after Spanish officials said fingerprints found on a bag near the bombing site were those of an Algerian. U.S. authorities had previously said the prints were Mayfield's…

Mayfield, a convert to Islam, asked not to be interviewed at his home in this Portland suburb because of a court's gag order.

His brother, however, was livid at the restrictions.

''He is still under surveillance. The FBI is still listening to every word we are speaking now,'' Kent Mayfield charged. ''We are still having our rights of privacy invaded. Even after the fingerprints have been proven false.''

Brandon Mayfield remains a material witness and is under supervision, the U.S. District Court said on its Web site. His lawyer, Steve Wax, said the court can impose some 14 restrictions when a material witness is released.

 


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