US nationals sentenced to 15 years imprisonment

Published: June 24, 2010
US nationals shout from inside a police prison van as they leave the court. PHOTO: AFP

US nationals shout from inside a police prison van as they leave the court. PHOTO: AFP

US nationals shout from inside a police prison van as they leave the court. PHOTO: AFP US militant suspect Umar Farooq hugged by his father Khalid Farooq. PHOTO: AFP The 5 US nationals are sentenced to 10 years rigorous imprisonment. PHOTO: AFP

The Sargodha Anti Terrorism Court on Thursday has sentenced 15 years of imprisonment and Rs70,000 to the five US nationals convicted for acting against the state and having links with militants.

ATC judge Anwar Nazeer announced the verdict during the hearing in Sargodha District Jail. Ten years have been awarded for acting against the state and another five for having links with militants.

If they fail to pay the fine of Rs70,000, another 9 months will be added to their imprisonment.

The Defence counsel said they will appeal against the verdict in the Lahore High Court (LHC).

Strict security arrangements were made outside the district jail while the hearing was taking place.

The five young men from Washington DC were arrested in Pakistan in December after their families reported them missing.

The US nationals – Aman, Ahmad, Waqar, Rami and Umar Farooq – were arrested from Sargodha, allegedly trying to join Taliban in the fight against US troops in Afghanistan.

They denied the accusations, saying they came to Pakistan to attend a wedding and intended to travel to Afghanistan to do humanitarian work.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Hira Mir
    Jun 24, 2010 - 12:46PM

    If we could rehabilitate these 5 individuals then the multiplier effect on the Taliban would be different. How many youngsters will be put behind bars? What good will they be? When they will be released they will turn into bitter maniacs. Might as well utilize them through rehab.Recommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Jun 24, 2010 - 1:41PM

    I hope that after the judgment of Court is announced, our government is not going to release them in any case.

    The length of sentenced announced for US terrorists is quite less comparing to the sentence announced by the US Court for Dr. Afia Siddiqui.

    If the Government intends to do that then only one prisoner should be released and he too should be exchanged in lieu of Dr. Afia Siddiqui, who has been accused of terror charges and languishing in US jail.Recommend

  • Jun 24, 2010 - 2:56PM

    Emphasis should be on Muslims rather than Americans as in this case terrorism has more to do with religion than nationality.Recommend

  • Ali Haider
    Jun 24, 2010 - 6:44PM

    We are not in a position to trade prisoners for prisoners. Dr Afia is a Pakistani Muslim and these five are American Muslims. They don’t care really!! Recommend

  • Dajjal
    Jun 25, 2010 - 7:53AM

    This is good news and bad news, good news is that 5 Americans were sent to prison… the bad news is that 307 million Americans are still on the loose… so the Pakistani Judicial System is still Far away from providing the world any real justice… Recommend

  • Sadia Hussain
    Jun 25, 2010 - 6:02PM

    A laudable verdict, perhaps now we can sentence some terrorists who despite of being nominated in nine cases is set free on bail? Another question can be can anyone be granted a bail if he is a suspected/alleged terrorist!Recommend

  • waqas ciit
    Jun 25, 2010 - 7:14PM

    i do not agree with you miss sadiaRecommend

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