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Pakistan frees alleged al-Qaeda operative: Supreme Court told

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Aug 20, IRNA
Muhammad Naeem Noor Khan, an alleged al-Qaeda operative and computer expert has been freed, the Supreme Court was told on Monday.

Khan was arrested in Pakistan on July 13, 2004, and files were found on his laptop contained details of a terrorist plot to attack U.S. financial buildings and locations in the UK, including Heathrow airport.

Deputy Attorney General Naheeda Mehoob Elahi told the Supreme Court that Mr Khan has reached home during hearing of the missing persons in the apex court.

Babar Awan, defence lawyer of Khan also confirmed to the court that he has reached home.

Khan's arrest was attributed to leads arising from the arrest of Musaad Aruchi, who is alleged to be a senior member of the al Qaeda leadership.

Human Rights Watch lists Aruchi as one of detainees in CIA custody.

Following his arrest, Khan agreed to cooperate with investigators, and continued to communicate with Al-Qaeda as part of a sting operation, according to media reports.

Following the publication of Khan's name, British authorities moved quickly to arrest 13 members of the British terrorist cell with which Khan had been communicating (the so-called Luton cell).

Khan is an alumnus of NED University and Adamjee Science College in Karachi, Pakistan.


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