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US: Fourth case naming ISI in 26/11 attacks

Last Updated: Monday, August 22, 2011 - 13:03

Washington: In the fourth such case, an
American survivor of the 2008 Mumbai attacks has filed a
lawsuit against ISI officials, including its chief Ahmed Shuja
Pasha, along with leading LeT figures, charging the Pakistani
spy agency of being involved in the planning and execution of
the terror strike.

The case filed in New York city against the ISI chief by
Linda Ragsdale on August 12 prompted the court to issue
summons to the ISI and the officials named, following which it
was decided to merge all the four cases in the city.

Kevin J Wash, of the Locke Lord Bissell and Liddell,
represented ISI, and asked the court to consider the same
response as submitted in the other three cases.

Besides Pasha, and other ISI officials, the case names
Lashkar-e-Taiba leaders behind the Mumbai terror attacks --
Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, Zaki ur Rahman Lakhvi, Sajid Mir and
Azam Cheema -- as the defendants.

A resident of Tennessee, Ragsdale was shot in her back by
one of the LeT terrorist at the Oberoi Trident hotel in
Mumbai. She, however, survived that attack.

"During the planning and execution of the Mumbai attack,
defendants ISI, Pasha, (Nadeem) Taj, (Major) Iqbal and (Major
Samir) Ali (as well as other officials, agents and employees
of ISI) were extreme and outrageous.

"This extreme and outrageous conduct included, but was not
limited to foreseeing that plaintiff Ragsdale would be
irreparably traumatised when hostages at the Oberoi Trident
Hotel, such as plaintiff Ragsdale, would be shot," said the
complaint filed on behalf of Ragsdale.

Ragsdale seeks a compensation of a minimum of USD 75,000
from the ISI.

The complaint filed by eminent New York attorney, James P
Kreindler, on behalf of Ragsdale has demanded a trial by jury.
Kreindler is representing the American victims of 26/11 in the
other three cases as well.

"On and prior to November 26, 2008, the ISI, Pasha, Taj,
Iqbal and Ali (as well as other officials, agents and
employees of the ISI) acted to advance the goals of LeT,
Saeed, Lakhvi, Cheema and Majid to terrorise, kill and hurt,
among others, United States citizens (which conducted
violated, among other things, United States statues
prohibiting international acts of terrorism) by aiding and
abetting the planning and execution of the Mumbai attacks,"
the complaint said.

Soon after Ragsdale filed her complaint, US District Judge
Dora L Irizarry in the Eastern District of New York issued
summons to the ISI, LeT and others named in case.

Responding on behalf of ISI, Kevin J Wash, told that court
that all the four cases be clubbed together. The other three
cases are Rosenberg et al vs Lashkar-e-Taiba, Scherr vs
Lashkar-e-Taiba and Chroman vs Lashkar-e-Taiba.

In a letter dated August 15, Wash said he represents ISI
and its current Director General, Pasha, and its former chief,
Nadeem Taj.

Attorneys of ISI and Ragsdale informed the court that they
have agreed that all the four cases be clubbed together.

In her order dated August 18, Irizarry stipulated that all
the four cases be clubbed together.

"However, defendants` request that the court consider the
motion to dismiss as fully briefed in relation to the Ragsdale
case is premature as defendants have not even appeared in the
new case.

"The application is denied without prejudice to renew once
the defendants have appeared in the Ragsdale matter," the
court order said.


First Published: Monday, August 22, 2011 - 13:03

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