March 17, 2010
Male Jihad Jane Types: Pakistani Court Charges Five Americans With Planning Terror Attacks
It's about time they were formally charged. The trial begins on March 31st.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A Pakistani court formally charged Wednesday five young Americans of plotting terrorism in the country, their lawyer said, in a case that has raised alarm over the danger posed by militants using the Internet.[Ramy Zamzam of Egyptian descent, Waqar Khan and Umar Farooq of Pakistani descent, and Aman Hassan Yemer and Ahmed Minni of Ethiopian descent...ed]It's a Zionist, Joooooooooo conspiracy!!!
The students, in their 20s and from the U.S. state of Virginia, were detained in December in the town of Sargodha, 190 km (120 miles) southeast of Islamabad, and accused of contacting militants over the Internet and plotting attacks.
A defense lawyer for the men, Hassan Dastagir, said the charges brought against his clients, included fund raising for terrorist acts.
"The court brought charges of terrorism against my clients and fixed March 31 for the next hearing in which the prosecution would produce evidence and witnesses," he told Reuters by telephone from Sargodha.
He said the men pleaded not guilty and described the charges as "lies."
h/t Mean Kitteh