26/11 attacks: Probe still on in USA; Pak nationals quizzed

Last Updated: Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 18:54

Mumbai: A case pertaining to 26/11 terror
attacks has been registered in USA in which some Pakistani
nationals have been interrogated, a FBI agent said in his
testimony before a special court here today, but refused to
disclose the names of people quizzed during the probe.

The case has been registered in Los Angeles as six
Americans had been killed in the 26/11 attack in Mumbai, the
witness, whose name has been withheld, told special public
prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam.

The witness said investigations were still on and some
Pakistani nationals have been interrogated.

However, he refused to divulge the names of Pakistani
nationals who have been interrogated.

Prosecutor Nikam said that investigations in the
case filed by FBI in Los Angeles would cover conspiracy and
role played by conspirators in the terror attacks.

Nikam said the case was registered in USA because six
Americans were killed in the attacks. The US laws provide for
initiating investigations in case of murder of American
nationals outside the country, he added.

The lone surviving gunman from Pakistan, Mohammed Ajmal
Kasab, smiled all through out when the FBI officer deposed.

The prosecution has alleged that conspirators in
Pakistan had opened accounts with Callphonex, a service
provider in New Jersey, in fictitious name of Kharak Singh to
make telephone calls to terrorists through Voice over Internet
Provider (VoIP). Two instalments were paid by Mohammed Ashfaq
and Javed Iqbal via e-mail id kharak_telco@yahoo.com.

The witness, who is investigating the case registered in
USA pertaining to 26/11 attack, said FBI has carried out probe
on how the money was transferred from people in Pakistan to
Callphonex owner through Moneygram and Western Union.

The witness also said FBI had interrogated some persons
in Pakistan and further disclosed that Yahoo Inc had provided
information on the Kharak Singh`s e-mail sent from Pakistan.

Prosecutor Nikam said that the same e-mail was used
by conspirators after the 26/11 attack to send a mail to a TV
channel threatening that more such attacks will be engineered.

This witness was the fifth US national to depose in the
trial being conducted before the court here. The other four
have indicated Pakistan`s links to the November 26 attack.

One of them said terrorists had used GPS to come from
Pakistan, while another said they had used Yamaha engine
purchased by a Pakistan-based firm to power the dinghy in
which they arrived. A Nokia official said mobile phones sold
to Pakistani dealers were used by terrorists.

The witness said FBI had received a letter of Regoratory
from a magistrate in Mumbai on February 10 to provide certain
information regarding 26/11 terror attacks.

In this regard, the witness said FBI had received some
articles such as mobile phones, Global Positioning System and
a satellite phone, which were sent to FBI laboratory for
forensic tests.

The reports of these tests were then forwarded to US
Department of Justice, who in turn handed over to Indian
Embassy. The Embassy then sent the reports to Indian
Government which gave it to Mumbai Police.

To a question by Kasab`s lawyer Abbas Kazmi, the witness
expressed his inability to state whether the USA-based owner
of Callphonex was suspected by FBI to be involved in this
case, saying he was personally not involved in the probe.

The witness further said that he did not know the name
of the FBI officer who had interrogated the Callphonex owner
and denied a suggestion that he (Callphonex owner) was
detained in USA.

He also denied that he was deposing falsely at the
instance of Mumbai Police or FBI.

Nikam told reporters outside the court that the
testimony of the witnesses in the trial here can be used in
investigations being carried out in USA in the 26/11 terror
attack case.

Bureau Report



First Published: Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 18:54

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