A key 26/11 suspect nabbed after Saudi tip-off : wikileaks

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    A key 26/11 suspect nabbed after Saudi tip-off - India News - IBNLive

    Islamabad, May 20 (PTI)

    One of the seven suspects arrested by Pakistani authorities for alleged involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attacks was detained on the basis of information provided by Saudi Arabia, according to a secret US cable released by WikiLeaks.

    The cable dated August 7, 2009 – sent by then Charge d'Affaires Gerald Feierstein – said Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested Jamil Ahmed after the Saudi Arabian government "passed information they had from an Interpol lead".

    Ahmed "allegedly sent money from Saudi Arabia to another arrested suspect, Shahid Jamil Riaz, just prior to the attacks", said the cable provided by WikiLeaks to several media outlets, including Pakistan's Dawn newspaper.

    At the time, Ahmed was the sixth person to be arrested in connection with the Mumbai attacks.

    He was previously named in the FIA's chargesheet as an "absconder".
    "Using evidence from Interpol, the FBI, and Saudi Arabia, the FIA was able to trace phone numbers connected to both Ahmed and Riaz.

    "Ahmed was arrested from his home in Battgram," the cable said.
    Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi is among the seven persons currently on trial for allegedly planning, financing and facilitating the attacks on India's financial hub that killed 166 people, including six Americans.

    Feierstein's cable further said the FIA was still waiting for a "few items of evidence from India" though there was "no expectation the (government of India) will release the items in time for the trial".

    According to the FIA, the main piece of evidence they wanted from India was a certified statement from the Indian judge hearing Ajmal Kasab's testimony in Mumbai.
    This was subsequently provided by Indian authorities.

    "Even without further evidence from India, the (government of Pakistan's) case against the (suspects) in custody is strong, but uneven, with the case against the lower-level two suspects stronger than that against the top three," the cable said.

    The FIA planned to have one of its investigators testify regarding "controller voice recordings to try to convict top LeT leaders (Abu) al-Qama and Lakhvi", the cable said

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    The actual cable
    The Hindu : The India Cables / The Cables : 219934: Mumbai prosecution update: absconder arrested

    SUBJECT: MUMBAI PROSECUTION UPDATE: ABSCONDER ARRESTED

    REF: ISLAMABAD 1647

    Classified By: Charge d'Affaires Gerald Feierstein for reasons 1.4 (b), (d).

    1. (C) On August 5, the Federal Investigative Agency (FIA) arrested a sixth suspect, Jamil Ahmed, allegedly linked with the Mumbai terror attacks. Ahmed was arrested after the Government of Saudi Arabia passed information they had from an Interpol lead. Ahmed had allegedly sent money from Saudi Arabia to another arrested suspect, Shahid Jamil Riaz, just prior to the attacks. Ahmed was previously named in the FIA's chargesheet as an absconder. Using evidence from Interpol, the FBI, and Saudi Arabia, the FIA was able to trace phone numbers connected to both Ahmed and Riaz. Ahmed was arrested from his home in Battgram, according to Pakistani press. He joins the five other Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) suspects, Lakhvi, Zarrar Shah, al-Qama, Shahid Jamil Riaz, and Hammad Amin Sadiq, in the Adiala jail.

    2. (C) On July 25, the case against the suspects in the Mumbai terror attacks was adjourned until August 29. The FIA plans to register its final charge sheet on this date. The actual hearing may begin within 7 days after August 29, however, there is a chance that the ATC judge will adjourn the case until after Ramadan (near the end of September). (Comment: Interior Minister Rehman Malik insisted in comments to us that the trial will proceed on August 29. End comment.)

    3. (C) The FIA is still waiting for a few items of evidence from India. However, there is no expectation the GOI will release the items in time for the trial. According to the FIA, the main piece of evidence they want from the GOI is a certified statement from the Indian judge hearing Ajmal Kasab's testimony in Mumbai.

    4. (C) Even without further evidence from India, the GOP case against the original five in custody is strong, but uneven, with the case against the lower-level two suspects stronger than that against the top three. The strength of the case against Ahmed is unknown. The FIA plans to have one of its investigators testify regarding controller voice recordings to try to convict top LeT leaders al-Qama and Lakhvi. Legatt continues to work with FIA to strengthen evidence, for example by helping them screen fingerprints to gain better visibility of the prints. FEIERSTEIN
     
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