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Pakistan denies al Qaida suspect hand over

Pakistan has denied that it has handed over to the United States the detained al Qaida member believed to have masterminded the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. “Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is in the custody of Pakistan’s law enforcement agencies and until we have satisfied ourselves, after the interrogation process, of the nature of his activities in Pakistan, there is no question of handing him over to anyone,” Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad told Radio Pakistan Sunday. The remarks are in contrast with statements made by senior officials at the ministry who told United Press International the CIA had taken Mohammed out of Pakistan, probably to Bagram Air Base in neighboring Afghanistan. “We handed him over to the Americans on Saturday who later flew him out of the country,” the senior official said. “The Americans did not tell us where but we have reason to believe that he has been taken to Bagram.” Pakistani newspapers had speculated Saturday that Mohammed might be taken to the U.S.-controlled base for interrogation. Other al Qaida suspects are being held there. Last December, the Washington Post had reported that the suspects at the camp were being subject to what it called “stress and duress” techniques. Full Story

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