Ex­tra­di­tion hear­ing in Daesh at­tack plot de­layed

Gulf News - - PAKISTAN -

APak­istani court yes­ter­day de­layed the ex­tra­di­tion hear­ing of a Pak­istani-Amer­i­can man ac­cused of plot­ting at­tacks in New York City for Daesh with­out fix­ing a new date, the man’s lawyer said.

Talha Ha­roon, 19, was ar­rested in Pak­istan in 2016 af­ter US au­thor­i­ties iden­ti­fied him as one of three men, along with a Cana­dian cit­i­zen and a man from the Philip­pines, plan­ning at­tacks on Man­hat­tan’s Times Square and the city’s sub­way. His lawyer and fam­ily deny the charges.

Ha­roon’s lawyer termed the in­ves­ti­ga­tion a sting op­er­a­tion car­ried out by an in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer mo­ti­vated by ca­reer ad­vance­ment. “The FBI pro­jected this as a high­level story, but these peo­ple don’t have the qual­i­fi­ca­tions to kill a mon­key,” said the lawyer, Idrees Ashraf.

Ashraf said his client was only in con­tact with the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer but never di­rectly spoke with the co-ac­cused, rais­ing se­ri­ous doubts about the na­ture of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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