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Prosecutors & new lies

Secrecy and concealment of facts is not acceptable. Such petty behavior does not match the principles of fair-play and justice. After passing of around five months, the prosecutors have come up with new lies and are trying to carve new stories.

A realization and acceptance of faults does not make anyone small. This is exactly what the authorities need to do. We do not have to repeat Saif’s innocence as the whole Chilean nation stands with him. It is simply unacceptable that Saif and his family have to go through this entire trauma. His right to live with dignity has been snatched from him. This indeed is a grave human rights violation. After seeing an innocent person who is helpless, we will advise anyone belonging to our faith or our nationality to avoid coming to Chile, be it for tourism or education. We have no doubt now that the Chilean authorities do not respect the principles of truth, justice and equality.

Photo: Francisco Eagle Emol

Today, the tribunal extended the time for investigations by 60 more days! The prosecutors demanded 90 days extension, but judge Carolina Araya extended the investigation period to 60 days and has allowed Saif to travel freely inside Chile. Earlier Saif was not allowed to leave the Santiago area. Despite these arguments, the public criminal defender Gabriel Carrión opposed the request noting that most of the data submitted by the prosecution were already known and significant time had already been taken to “investigate”. Carrion also added that the measure has already affected freedom of Saif Khan and his parents.

 

After five months investigating the allegations by the US Embassy in Chile that Muhamed Saif ur Rehman Khan had alleged traces of tetryl on him when he went to the US Embassy on May 10, the prosecutor has not been able to produce one shred of evidence that Saif violated any law.  To appeal in the court against him by the prosecutors is a travesty of justice.

In fact, even the charges themselves have no substance.  Saif, a Pakistani citizen in Chile with a student visa, was summoned to the U.S. Embassy on May 07th by an embassy employee.  When Saif entered the embassy, his papers and cell phone were taken from his possession.  The alleged traces of tetryl that were supposedly found on him were in fact only found on the items taken from him (handled by the US embassy staff) and not on Saif or his clothing, according the Chilean police, who were called to the scene.

The other supposed “evidence” was obtained after three PDI detectives entered Saif’s apartment without a warrant while Saif was detained in the US Embassy.  These Chilean police agents were later reported to be following orders of the US Embassy, not of their police superiors.

In addition to the fact that traces (not significant quantities, but simply traces) were only allegedly found on items not in Saif’s possession, the fact is that no crime was committed.  Chilean law forbids possession of explosives, not contamination by “traces” of tetryl.  As the public defender Gabriel Carrion has said, not only is Saif not guilty, but in fact there was no crime.

Saif should be fully exonerated at this point.  To allow the prosecutor additional time to “build his case” is a travesty of justice. When a person is innocent, as Saif is, it is impossible to find evidence, no matter how much time is granted.  Saif has been detained for six days shy of five months.  This is a grave injustice.  It has been an extreme hardship on him and his family, especially his parents who traveled to Chile to support him through this ordeal.

Even the kindness and support of the Chilean people cannot make up for the six months of freedom taken from Saif, and the damage done to his reputation by false accusations.  It is time for the Chilean people to stand up to their government.  It is time for the international community to take notice and demand Saif’s freedom and complete exoneration.

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  1. Abu Imran
    October 6, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Todavía creen en la justicia chilena? no sólo fue Saif detenido, pero varios otros musulmanes chilenos, sus casas allanadas y registradas por el PDI, sus posesiones confiscadas. Estas posesiones están todavía con la PDI. Los oficiales de la PDI que entraron a la casa de Saif ilegalmente son los MISMOS oficiales que también allanaron las casas de los musulmanes chilenos. Estos otros musulmanes tenían sus nombres y reputaciones arruinadas también por los periódicos y había muchas mentiras fabricadas por ellos, pero NADIE ha hablado a favor de ellos o los defendió, incluso la mezquita de Santiago ayudó a la PDI contra los musulmanes de Chile. No hay justicia para los musulmanes en Chile! NO VIAJEN A CHILE!.

    TODOS LOS DATOS PERSONALES DE LOS MUSULMANES SE DAN A LA PDI EN CHILE, SU NOMBRE, DIRECCIÓN, TELÉFONO ETC – TODOS RECOGIDAS Y ENTREGADO A LA PDI POR MUSULMANES EN LA MEZQUITA DE SANTIAGO!

    Still believe in Chilean justice? not only was Saif arrested but several other Chilean Muslims had their homes raided and searched by the PDI and had their posessions confiscated. These posessions are still with the PDI. The PDI officers who entered Saifs home illegally are the SAME PDI officers who also raided the homes of the other Chilean Muslims. These other Muslims had their names and reputations ruined also by the newspapers and had many lies fabricated about them, but noone has spoken up for them or defended them, even the Santiago Mosque helped the PDI against the Chilean Muslims. There is NO justice for Muslims in Chile! DO NOT TRAVEL THERE!.

    ALL PERSONAL DETAILS OF MUSLIMS ARE GIVEN TO THE PDI IN CHILE, YOUR NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER ETC – ALL COLLECTED AND GIVEN TO THE PDI BY MUSLIMS IN THE SANTIAGO MOSQUE!

  2. Steve
    October 6, 2010 at 2:36 am

    I am trying to recall and list down the accusations that have been coming from the prosecutor side in the past.It’s an excellent exercise. If some body could do it and publish it here, you will see the similarity among previous and recent ones. And recent allegations will have the same fate Inshallah. Everybody on this group should also play his/her part in the general awareness of public about the methodology of this opposition. I am not worried about recent allegations, they will die up with the time Inshallah Beiznillah. What needs to be checked is their next move and the next allegation they will be coming up with. The plan should be set according to the final objective that is freedom Inshallah.

  3. Awais
    October 4, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    lets hope they don’t fabricate anything new in these two months.

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