Pak court rejects bail plea of suspected Shahzad aides

Faisal Shahzad was responsible for a botched car bomb attack in New York.

Updated: Sep 23, 2010, 10:24 AM IST

Islamabad: A Pakistani anti-terrorism court on Wednesday rejected the bail applications of three suspects detained on suspicion of links with Pakistani-American national Faisal Shahzad, who was responsible for a botched car bomb attack in New York.

Judge Malik Muhammad Akram Awan of the anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi rejected the bail pleas of Muhammad Shahid, Hunbal Akhtar and Muhammad Shoaib.

The trio was detained by Pakistani security agencies following the arrest of Shahzad by American authorities in May.

Public Prosecutor Malik Muhammad Asghar, the main legal official for monitoring and coordinating anti-terrorism cases, said the judge rejected the bail applications after hearing the arguments of the lawyers of the accused and the Special Prosecutor.

The counsel for the accused said they had no connection with the Times Square incident or Shahzad.

The Special Prosecutor told the judge that records proved that the accused had "close contacts" with Shahzad, who used to stay with them whenever he visited Pakistan.

He said the accused sent a large amount of money to Shahzad in the US through illegal channels. On the basis of this evidence, the Special Prosecutor asked the court to reject the bail applications.

PTI