Islamabad: A Pakistani anti-terrorism court
on Wednesday acquitted four men accused of involvement in the 2008
suicide car bombing of the five-star Marriott Hotel that
killed nearly 60 people.
Judge Malik Muhammad Akram Awan of the anti-terrorism
court in Rawalpindi acquitted suspects Muhammad Aqeel alias Dr
Usman, Rana Ilyas, Muhammad Hamid Afzal and Tehseenullah Jan
and observed that the prosecution had failed to produce any
evidence against them.
The prosecution also failed to prove the case against the
four suspects, the judge said.
Awan said the suspects should be freed if they were not
in custody in connection with any other case.
Nearly 60 people, including two US Marines and the Czech
ambassador to Pakistan, were killed when a suicide bomber blew
up a truck loaded with a huge amount of explosives within the
compound of the Marriott in September 2008.
Dr Usman, currently believed to be in the custody of
Pakistani security agencies, led an audacious assault by
militants on the army`s heavily guarded General Headquarters
in Rawalpindi in October last year.
Nine attackers and 15 security personnel and civilians
were killed in that attack.