Pakistan anti-terror court convicts 5 Americans

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
June 24, 2010 12:26

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

The five young Muslims from the Washington, D.C., area, were arrested in Pakistan in December 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.

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.


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