A Saudi man arrested at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after federal agents said he lied about why he was traveling with a pressure cooker was in court on Tuesday.
Hussain Al Khawahir appeared in U.S. District Court in Detroit for a hearing to determine whether he'll be released on bond. He will remain in custody.
Al Khawahir was arrested Saturday on allegations of lying to federal agents and using a passport with a missing page. But his nephew, Nasser Almarzooq, tells The Associated Press the case is a misunderstanding about a device he wanted for cooking.
"He's a victim of the time. He had with him nothing but innocent utensils. Because of what happened last month, those innocent utensils might look very guilty or dangerous to people, they're not," said Al Khawahir's attorney, James Howard.
Outside of court tempers flared when one of Al Khawahir supporters, who came to the hearing, took a swing at reporters.
Almarzooq says his uncle was coming to visit him. Almarzooq is a student in University of Toledo in Ohio.
"He's a little guy, an ally of the United States, came over here to visit with his nephew and he got caught up in this," said Howard.
Two pressure cookers were used in last month's Boston Marathon bombings.