Extradition hearing in Daesh attack plot delayed
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.