US wants to bring Hafiz Saeed to justice

Last Updated: Friday, April 6, 2012 - 09:23

Washington: The Obama administration on Friday
said it announced a bounty of USD 10 million on Hafiz Saeed to
bring him to justice as it was convinced that the LeT founder
had played a key role in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

"I don`t believe he has (been indicted in a US court),
but we certainly want to see him brought to justice," State
Department spokesperson Mark Toner told reporters here.

He also clarified that the reward for Saeed was not for
his capture but for information that could be used in his
prosecution.

"As everyone and their mother know at this point, he`s
hiding in plain sight in Pakistan, so we`re not seeking his
whereabouts. We certainly know that. We are seeking
information that can be used to prosecute him," Toner said.

Besides, Toner went out to list a number of terrorist
attacks in the sub-continent in which LeT was involved.

"There`s several attacks that LeT has claimed
responsibility for, been implicated in. January 2010 attack on
Srinagar airport that killed five Indians; December 2001
attack on the Indian parliament building; the July 2006 train
attack in Mumbai; and a February 2010 attack against hotels in
Kabul that we`re all aware of that killed nine Indians, four
Afghans, and one French citizens," he said.

Responding to questions referring to the Pakistani
statement that there was no charges against Saeed, he said US
believes that the LeT founder is guilty of these crimes. He,
however, refrained giving any details of his intelligence
information.

"An allegation (against Saeed is) based on our conviction
that he is, in fact, guilty of these crimes, but obviously,
can`t get into the detail, our belief is based on
intelligence.

But what we`re looking for is evidence that can be used
to prosecute him in a court of law in Pakistan or elsewhere,
and the USD 10 million is that sweetener to encourage people
to come forward," he said.

Referring to the series of television appearances by
Saeed after the rewards were announced, Toner hoped that he
would soon be behind bars.

"I think he can do what he wants to, certainly, and he`s
clearly trying to bask in the media attention. We just hope
that and reiterate that our offer is very real, that if
anybody knows or can produce evidence that ties him to the
Mumbai bombings and other terrorist attacks that they step
forward," he said.

"There`s numerous incidents in the region. They are,
obviously, an active terrorist organisation. We`re asking for
an individual to step forward, who can produce evidence that
ties into these attacks. We`re not playing some sort of
strategic game here. We`re just trying to prosecute this
individual," Toner said.

The US, he said, is in communication with the Indian
government. "We`re in very close contact with the Indian
government on this," he said.

Saeed is accused of masterminding the 2008 siege of
Mumbai that left 166 people dead.

PTI



First Published: Friday, April 6, 2012 - 09:23

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