February 2nd, 2010
09:42 AM ET

5 American terror suspects: We're being tortured in Pakistan

Islamabad, Pakistan  - Five Americans arrested in Pakistan on suspicion of plotting terror attacks claimed again Tuesday they are being tortured in jail. The suspects wrote their claims on tissue paper that they threw to reporters from a van that drove them to a court hearing.

"Since our arrest, the U.S.A., FBI, and Pakistani police have tortured us. They are trying to set us up. We are innocent. They are trying to keep us away from the public, media, our families and our lawyer. Help us!" The note contained the first names of all five suspects.

The five men worshipped together at a mosque in Alexandria, Virginia, until they went missing in November and turned up in Pakistan. They are accused by Pakistani authorities of being connected to terror organizations and plotting attacks. They were arrested in the small city of Sargodha, about 120 miles south of Islamabad, in December.

The five are identified as Ahmed Abdullah Minni, Umar Farooq, Aman Hassan Yemer, Waqar Hussain Khan and Ramy Zamzam.

The five first claimed at a court hearing in January that they had been tortured in jail. At that time Muhammad Ameer Khan Rokhri, the former defense lawyer for the accused, said the court ordered medical checkups for them.

Richard Snelsire, spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad told CNN that the United States categorically denies and rejects any claims of torture. Pakistani police have also denied the claims.

A prosecutor was scheduled to submit a charging sheet to the court at the hearing Tuesday that would allow the suspects to be charged with specific crimes. However, the hearing was adjourned without the prosecutor taking that action.

Another hearing was scheduled for Feb. 16.

The suspects include two Pakistani-Americans, two Yemeni-Americans and an Egyptian-American.


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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Duke

    I don't think these guys were being "set up," it sounds like they travelled to Pakistan to become terrorists. I would only hope that America was not involved in thier torture, if they were indeed tortured. Anyone who thinks that we should try to "out-terrorist" the terrorists by sacrificing the dignity of our country for this war should strongly consider which side he or she is on. Its us against the terrorists... people who kill innocents, torture people and enforce their will through violence. America is not a country that should tolerate any of this behavior.

    February 13, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. steven harnack

    Where did they think they were going, Disneyland?

    February 2, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. keith mcanally

    if anyone beleives these men went to work on there tans they should get right over there and hold the lotion bottle, get real people. only when pain arrives state side will some mentaly slow get the real picture of what these individules were doing tnere!

    February 2, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. aelx

    many of the attitudes expressed below are strikingly similar to the dehumanizing, enraging beliefs expressed by islamic militants. i do not wish to take sides, merely to point out that to dehumanize one side is to open oneself for attack from the other

    February 2, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. A. Smith, Oregon

    They should suck it up as part of their training. Do they think the CIA wouldn't torture them? Does anyone think they wouldn't torture a CIA agent or officer of Xe contractor if they had the chance? What do you think of your Muslim beliefs and religion now?

    February 2, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jack Yodelson

    How can you be so callous to human life. Nobody deserves torture. These men may be innocent.

    February 2, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jJohn A. Mitchell

    If you are an American and you go to Packistan to hobnob with the Taliban you are a traitor. If you can't figure out that terrorists are dangerous and harmful people, you should have your head examined, for about ten years.

    February 2, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ELi

    Good that they were tortured, Human rights are for humans not for the terrorists.

    February 2, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. wck

    BooHoo

    February 2, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |