Va. Men Held in Pakistan Pending Court Review

Group allegedly sought training from terror groups

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    The five American men arrested in Pakistan after allegedly seeking training from terrorist groups won't likely return to the United States until the end of the week at the earliest.

    A Pakistani court on Monday ordered the men to remain in custody until a judge can review the case, giving the government until Thursday to provide a detailed report. That bars the suspects from being deported back to the States, and will keep the FBI and authorities from other countries from having any hand in the investigation until then.

    The men disappeared from Northern Virginia in late November. Pakistani police have alleged that the men wanted to join militants in Pakistan's northwest tribal areas before going to Afghanistan. The men are accused of using Facebook and YouTube sites to try to connect with extremist groups in Pakistan.

    While the court awaits its report, Pakistani police are looking for more evidence in the case. Monday they seized luggage and a cell phone from a hotel in Karachi where three of the five Americans had stayed.

    A manager at the hotel says the three left the hotel without telling management, after staying for just one night.