Conn. real estate broker: NYC bomb suspect was outspoken about Bush, Iraq war

By John Christoffersen, AP
Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Broker: NY bomb suspect didn’t like Bush, Iraq war

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A real estate broker says the Times Square bombing suspect told him years ago he disliked President George W. Bush and the Iraq war.

Igor Djuric (JOOR-itch) represented Faisal Shahzad (FY’-sul shah-ZAHD’) when he was buying a home in 2004. Djuric says he could not remember the exact words but said Shahzad made clear he didn’t like Bush or his policy in Iraq. He says the comments were not hateful, but he was surprised to hear them because they hardly knew each other.

Djuric says Shahzad also asked him if he was Muslim.

Shahzad bought the home for $273,000 and lost it to foreclosure last year. Frank DelVecchio, a broker trying to sell it for Shahzad, said Shahzad told him to let the bank take the house. He says Shahzad said he owed too much on it and planned to return to Pakistan.

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