Court orders police to charge former CIA station chief

June 06, 2014 - 6:37:42 am

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad’s High Court yesterday ordered police to press charges against the CIA’s former station chief for murder, conspiracy and waging war against Pakistan.

Judge Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui issued the order following a 2010 petition by drone activist Kareem Khan, whose brother and teenage son were killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan tribal district.

The former top spy left Pakistan in December 2010 after his identity was disclosed through the court case, and there is little expectation Islamabad will seek his return to face charges.

Khan is being provided legal assistance by the Foundation for Fundamental Rights, a charity associated with Britain’s Reprieve.

“Today’s order is a victory for all those innocent civilians that have been killed in US-led drone strikes in Pakistan,” he said.

“We are fighting this legal battle since 2010 and the police was reluctant to pursue our case but finally we did it, we won the war,” Lawyer Mirza Shahzad Akbar who is representing Khan. AFP

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