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DATE=8/21/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=PAK KILINGS / L NUMBER=2-252984 BYLINE=SCOTT ANGER DATELINE=ISLAMABAD CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: A Pakistani court has convicted and sentenced to death two men for murdering four U-S citizens and their Pakistani driver in, Karachi, almost two years ago. From Islamabad, correspondent Scott Anger reports. TEXT: A special anti-terrorism court in Karachi has found Mohammad Salim and Ahmed Saeed guilty of ambushing and killing four Americans employed by the Houston-based Union Texas Petroleum company. The four men and their Pakistani driver were gunned down during daylight hours while traveling to their offices in Pakistan's southern port city. The killings came two days after a court in the U-S state of Virginia convicted a Pakistani man of murder in the 1993 shootings of two Central Intelligence Agency employees outside the agency's headquarters. Although Pakistani police say the Karachi killings were in response to the Virginia conviction, no formal link has ever been made. Charges had been filed against Salim and Saeed in January this year. The pair have denied any involvement in the killings and are expected to appeal the conviction. The two are members of the M-Q-M opposition political party in Karachi, which has accused Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's government of harassment. Mr. Sharif imposed direct federal rule in Sindh province last October after the M-Q-M broke with his Pakistan Muslim League Party. Prime Minister Sharif has set up special anti-terrorism courts to combat rising violence in Pakistan's largest city. He blames the M- Q-M for much of the violence, which has claimed more than 800 lives in the last year. A police charge sheet has also named the M-Q-M's exiled leader, along with eight others, as being involved in the murders. The party denies it has any links to the killings and says the special court, which convicted the two men, has been set up outside the limits of Pakistan's constitution. In February, Pakistan's Supreme Court struck down the use of special military courts which Prime Minister Sharif established to dispense - what he called - quick justice. The court ruled the military courts illegal and unconstitutional, two months after they carried out death sentences against two M-Q-M activists. Prime Minister Sharif then set-up these special anti-terrorism courts to be used in the place of the military tribunals. (Signed) NEB/SA/JO 21-Aug-1999 08:17 AM EDT (21-Aug-1999 1217 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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