Mumbai, Aug 19: American national Kenneth Haywood (Ken Haywood) who was being questioned in connection with an threatening e-mail that had surfaced in the Ahmedabad blasts probe left the country on Monday, Aug 19 morning, according to the Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS). However, the ATS does not know if his wife and daughter are accompanying him.
Haywood left for the US via Delhi despite a lookout notice for him. His exit reveals the lack of coordination between security agencies. He was a suspect in the Ahmedabad blasts case. A threatening e-mail was sent on July 26, the day when the city of Ahmedabad was ripped by 8 serial blasts from his Internet Protocol address. About 412 MB of data was downloaded from Haywood"s computer while he was working on it between 1 pm and 8 pm
ATS chief Hemant Karkare confirmed that Haywood had left for the US. The Delhi police and immigration officials would be contacted to find out how he had left.
Ken Haywood is an employee of Navi Mumbai-based IT firm Campbell White. A look-out notice was issued in his name on July 30. However, his passport was not impounded as the police needed proof of his involvement in a case to do so, Mr Karkare said.
The results of the polygraph tests, which Haywood was subjected to, came on Monday, Aug 19 and his name was cleared, said Mr Karkare. It shows that he was not the person who sent the email on the day of the blasts. The ATS chief said Haywood was not a suspect anymore. However, he was called for questioning by the ATS on Sunday and Monday in connection with his allegation that a policeman was asking for a bribe to clear his name.
Earlier, Parambir Singh, Additional Commissioner, ATS, Mumbai, told reporters that Haywood could not leave the country without permission, as he was required to be available for investigation.
Besides the polygraph and brain-mapping tests Haywood underwent recently, technical experts at the Kalina forensic laboratory are in the process of analysing the hard disks of three of his computers. There was speculation that his computers were hacked, but preliminary forensic analysis showed little likelihood of hacking.
Haywood's exit raises serious questions over whether the authorities will be able to stop those accused of more serious crimes from leaving the country.