Lahore: Zawahiri’s arrest warrants issued for kidnapping USAID employee
LAHORE: An anti–terrorism court judge, Abdul Rehman, on Saturday issued arrest warrants for Osama Bin Laden’s successor Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri, accused of involvement in the abduction of an American national working with the USAID, Dr. Warren Weinstein. The police sources confirmed that they had received arrest warrant for the Al-Qaeda leader and claimed that it was a legal requirement to declare him an absconder. After getting the arrest warrant, they said, they would advertise the warrants and then adopt further legal procedure for declaring him an absconder.
They said they had strong evidence regarding the involvement of Aymen al Zawahri in the kidnapping of Dr. Warren Weinstein. They stated the police had already arrested two persons involved in the kidnap and investigation of these accused proved that all the events lead towards Aymen’s involvement in abduction of Dr. Warren. Previously, the court had sent another accused, Saif Ur Rehman, involved in the abduction to jail on 14–day judicial remand while co–accused Hafiz Imran was sent to jail for identification parade.
As per case details, Dr. Warren Weinstein was abducted by eleven unidentified kidnappers from his rented house–cum–office in J-Block Model Town police limits on August 13, 2010.
Weinstein had been living there for the last six years and had not registered himself in local police station. Warren was running J.E. Austin Associates for economic development in the Fata in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) in 49–J-Block Model Town.