Pak court accepts petition seeking life imprisonment for five Americans

November 29th, 2010 - 6:19 pm ICT by ANI  

Lahore, Nov 29(ANI): A Pakistani court on Monday accepted the Punjab government’s request seeking life sentences for five Americans already jailed for 10 years on terror convictions.

Waqar Husain Khan, Ahmed Abdullah Mani, Ramay S. Zamzam, Iman Hasan Yamar and Omar Farouk were awarded 10 years imprisonment each by an anti-terrorism court in June on charges of plotting terror attacks across Pakistan.

The men were arrested from Punjab province’s Sargodha District in December 2009.

They have appealed against their conviction, but no date has been set for a new hearing.

Prosecutors are now demanding that the court toughen their sentences to life imprisonment.

Deputy public prosecutor Rana Bahktiar said that he had lodged the request with a two-judge panel on behalf of the Punjab government.

“The court will now hear our petition simultaneously with the appeal filed by the five boys against their conviction,” the Dawn quoted Bakhtiar, as saying.

The five ‘jihad seekers’ had visited a religious seminary linked to the outlawed Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in Hyderabad and were on their way to terror camps based in the volatile Waziristan region.

The five had pleaded innocence, saying that they were being ’set up’ and tortured by the FBI and the Pakistani police in custody. (ANI)

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