Washington: Kashmiri separatist leader
Ghulam Nabi Fai has agreed to wave off the "speedy trial
provision" so that his attorney can have time to examine the
evidences collected by the federal prosecutors against him.
"We have agreed with the prosecutor to wave that
period so that we have time to examine the evidence and find
out what the case is about," Fai`s attorney Nina J Ginsberg
told reporters after the District court in Alexandria ordered
his release from the prison and put him under house arrest.
"Nothing will happen in the next month or two. We will
have this time looking at the evidence and trying to determine
really what the case is about," Ginsberg said.
Head of the Kashmiri American Council, 62-year-old Fai
was arrested on a complaint charging him with failing to
register as a foreign agent in violation of the law here.
He made his initial appearance on July 19 and was
temporarily detained. On July 25, Fai waived his right to a
The Speedy Trial Act requires the government to bring
an indictment within 30 days of Fai being arrested. The
indictment deadline in this matter is August 18.
Both the defendant and prosecutors jointly agreed on
an additional 35 days for an extension of the time to indict.
"Extending this time period for 35 days would be in
the best interests of justice in that it would facilitate the
parties` ability to resolve discovery issues that are
particular to cases such as this one, involving evidence
information obtained and derived from electronic surveillance
and physical search conducted pursuant to the Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance Act," said the US attorney Gordon D