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06-24-2010, 07:04 AM
See ya......


SARGODHA, Pakistan - A Pakistan court convicted five American men on terror charges Thursday and sentenced each to 10 years in prison.

The five young Muslim students from the Washington, D.C. area, were detained in December in Pakistan's central city of Sargodha, 120 miles southeast of Islamabad, after their families reported them missing.

The case is one of several involving alleged "homegrown" American militants linked to Pakistan, but the only one being tried in a Pakistani court.

Prosecutors said they presented evidence such as e-mail records and witness statements proving that the men were plotting terror attacks in Pakistan and conspired to wage war against nations allied with it, a reference to Afghanistan, where the men were alleged to have been traveling.

Waqar Hussain Khan, Ahmed Minni, Ramy Zamzam, Aman Yemer and Umar Farooq were each charged with five counts of conspiracy, raising funds for terrorist acts, planning war against Pakistan, directing others to launch attacks and attempting to cross the Afghan border illegally.

The judge handed down two prison terms for each man, one for 10 years and the other for five, which are to be served concurrently, a copy of the decision seen by The Associated Press said. They were also fined a total of 70,000 rupees ($820).

The trial was closed to journalists and observers and was heard by a single judge in a special anti-terrorism court. Police deployed extra patrols and barriers around the court in the Punjab province town of Sargodha before the verdict.

The men have been identified as Ramy Zamzam of Egyptian descent, Waqar Khan and Umar Farooq of Pakistani descent, and Aman Hassan Yemer and Ahmed Minni of Ethiopian descent. One allegedly left behind a farewell video in the United States showing scenes of war and casualties and saying Muslims must be defended.

Deputy Prosecutor Rana Bakhtiar said the men have the right to appeal the convictions, and that he also plans to seek longer prison sentences for them. The men's defense attorneys could not immediately be reached for comment.

U.S. officials have said little about the trial. Washington is trying to counter anti-American sentiment in Pakistan's government, security forces and media, but is also pressing Islamabad to crack down hard on militancy.

The five men told the court earlier that they only wanted to provide fellow Muslim brothers in Afghanistan with medicine and financial help, and accused the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and Pakistani police of torturing them and trying to frame them.

Hassan Katchela, a defense lawyer for the group, said the sentences would be appealed.

"We are a bit surprised because we believed it was not a case for conviction," he said. "We are confident and we are going to file appeals against these conviction in the high court."

After the sentencing, one of the men's father expressed his dismay.
"It's the greatest disappointment," said Khalid Farooq, father of Umar Farooq. "The judge didn't even bother to go through evidence against them. It was so weak."

06-24-2010, 07:34 AM
Enjoy your Pakistani prison guys.

06-24-2010, 07:53 AM
Oh Waqar, Ahmed, Ramy, Aman and Umar!