Timeline: The shoe bomber case
1992-1994 -- The British Home Office says Richard Reid twice stayed at Feltham Young Offenders Institution in West London -- for 10 days in 1992 and a month in 1994. It was not known what charges led to Reid's incarceration there.
Late 1998 and early 1999 -- Brixton Mosque chairman Abdul Haqq Baker says Reid and Zacarias Moussaoui -- the only person so far charged with conspiracy in the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States -- attended the same South London mosque during this period, though it is not known if they were there at the same time.
July 2001 -- Israeli government officials say Reid travels Israel for "around 10 days" before apparently traveling by land to Egypt.
A computer later recovered from an al Qaeda safe house in Afghanistan detailed the July trip through Israel and Egypt of an al Qaeda agent named "brother Abdul Ra'uff," whom investigators suspect might be Reid. U.S. officials said that was "very strong circumstantial evidence" that Reid may have been scouting location for al Qaeda.
August to December 2001 -- Reid reportedly lives in Amsterdam, working in restaurants.
Early December 2001 -- Reid allegedly spends 10 days in Brussels, Belgium, staying at the Dar Salam hostel in an Arab and North African neighborhood.
December 5 or 6, 2001 -- Reid tells Belgian authorities he lost his British passport. The British Embassy issues him a new one, authorities say.
December 15, 2001 -- Reid reportedly checks out of the Brussels hostel and arrives in Paris, France, the next day.
December 17, 2001 -- Reid buys round-trip ticket from Paris to Miami, Florida, to Antigua. Police say he appears to have spent his entire time in the area around the Gare du Nord, one of the city's major train stations. There is no record of him staying in a hotel, and no one at the area hotels recognize his photo, police say. Many restaurant employees do.
In the days following, sources said Reid sent an e-mail that he apparently didn't think would be received until after his death. Reid wrote his mother in Britain, explaining his reasons for targeting the jet and urging her to convert to Islam. French police sources said that Reid appeared to be saying good-bye to his mother
December 21, 2001 -- French authorities question Reid after a security agent becomes suspicious because Reid is traveling without checked luggage. Authorities eventually say Reid can board his flight, American Airlines Flight 63, but by then it has already left Paris.
Reid is put up at hotel where, authorities allege, he e-mailed an unidentified person in Pakistan, asking what he should do. That person replied that Reid should try to get on the next plane to Miami.
December 22, 2001 -- Reid boards American Airlines Flight 63, which is following the same route as the flight he'd missed a day earlier. Ninety minutes later he allegedly tries to use a match to light explosives hidden in his shoes, and is subdued when passengers and crew jump on him and strap Reid to his seat. Doctors aboard the aircraft sedate him. Plane diverts to Boston, Massachusetts, and Reid is arrested and charged with interfering with a flight crew.
December 28, 2001 -- A federal judge denies Reid bail and remands him to jail in Plymouth, Massachusetts, which is about 30 miles south of Boston.
January 18, 2002 -- Reid pleads not guilty to nine federal terrorism-related charges, including attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction; attempted murder, and attempted destruction of an aircraft. If convicted, he could face up to five life sentences.
The indictment also charges that Reid received terrorist training in the Afghanistan camps of al Qaeda, a network controlled by Osama bin Laden.
January 25, 2002 -- Investigators said palm prints and hair samples not belonging to Reid were discovered in the bombs hidden in his shoes, contradicting his claims that he built the bombs by himself.
February 8, 2002 -- New evidence links Reid to a European cell of bin Laden's al Qaeda organization. A pre-paid phone card in Reid's possession when he was arrested in Boston to another Belgian pre-paid phone card. That second card was found in the Brussels apartment of suspected al Qaeda terrorist Nizar Trabelsi.
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