Five convicted US 'jihad seekers' appeal against Pak court judgement

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Islamabad, June 28 (ANI): The five American terror suspects sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment for plotting terror attacks across Pakistan have challenged their conviction, a counsel for the convicted men said.

Hasan Dastagir said he has filed an appeal in the court, and argued that the conviction should be overturned because it did not take into account evidence provided by the defence, The Dawn reports.

The five 'jihad seekers', all in their 20's, were convicted by an anti-terror court last week.

Waqar Husain Khan, 22 (Virginia), Ahmed Abdullah Mani, 20 (Virginia), Ramay S Zamzam, 22 (Egypt), Iman Hasan Yamar, 17 (California), and Omar Farouk, 24 (Virginia) were arrested from Punjab province's Sargodha District in December 2009on charges of plotting terror attacks across Pakistan.

The five 'jihad seekers' had visited a religious seminary linked to the outlawed Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in Hyderabad and were on their way to terror camps based in the volatile Waziristan region.

The jihad seekers had pleaded innocence, saying they were being 'set up' and tortured by the FBI and the Pakistani police in custody. (ANI)

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