Federal agents yesterday detained an Oregon lawyer in connection with the deadly March 11 terrorist attack in Madrid, reports the Oregonian in Portland. It was the first American connection to the worst terrorist attack since Sept. 11, 2001. Brandon Mayfield, 37, who lives in Aloha and played a minor legal role in the Portland Seven terrorism case, was picked up at his as a material witness. Tom Nelson, his attorney, said, “He will comply with the process until they release him. He is not a defendant.” A law enforcement source said that Mayfield is linked to evidence found near the Madrid bombing site. Authorities in Oregon targeted Mayfield soon after the bombing occurred, the source said.
His friends and family described him as a quiet and patriotic man focused on building his law practice. “My husband is innocent,” Mona Mayfield said. “Everybody knows he is innocent and he will be released soon. And I have been advised not to say anything else.” Shahriar Ahmed, president of Bilal Mosque in Beaverton, where Mayfield was a volunteer, said Mayfield has been a Muslim convert for a long time.