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Pakistani to Die Thursday for CIA Deaths

Tuesday, 12 November 2002 12:00 AM

Kasi, 38, a Pakistani citizen, is to be executed by lethal injection.

The scheduled execution has put Washington on guard against possible revenge attacks by Islamist groups. On Nov. 6, the State Department warned U.S. citizens living abroad to be ready for revenge attacks.

Despite Bush's rejection, tribal chiefs and religious authorities in Pakistan are urging Islamabad and Washington to intervene in the execution and to get Kasi's sentence commuted to life imprisonment.

On Monday, Kasi's relatives told reporters in Quetta, Pakistan, that Bush had rejected the mercy petitions of his mother and Human Rights Commission of Pakistan for converting his death sentence into life imprisonment.

Kasi was sentenced to death in 1997 for killing two CIA employees -- Frank Darling and Lensing Bennett -- and injuring three others outside the agency headquarters in Langley, Va.

Kasi's two brothers are in the United States, seeking legal recourse to delay the execution.

Pakistani authorities have tightened security around the country after a religious party -- Jamiat Ulemai Islam -- threatened to hold a countrywide protest if Kasi was executed.

On Monday, hundreds of JUI workers protested in cities across Pakistan, urging the Bush administration to pardon Kasi.

Despite Bush's rejection of the mercy appeal, the chieftain of the Kasi tribe, Nawab Abdul Zahir Khan Kasi, once again appealed to the American president to pardon Kasi. "We are peaceful, law-abiding and civilized people and do not believe in violence," Zahir Kasi said Monday, expressing regret over the killing of the CIA employees.

Aimal Kasi had returned to Pakistan after the 1993 slayings and had gone into hiding, but FBI agents and Pakistani security officials arrested him from the tribal belt of Dera Ghazi Khan on June 15, 1997. He was extradited to the United States.

Meanwhile, a group opposed to capital punishment will stand vigil Thursday outside Kasi's prison. The vigil is scheduled to begin at 8:15 p.m., 45 minutes before the death sentence is to be carried out.

Kasi had been working for a mail courier service in Virginia operated by a former CIA employee. He stood trial in November 1997. He was sentenced to death for the capital murder of Darling and to life imprisonment for the first-degree murder of Bennett. The appeal courts have upheld Kasi's conviction.

Kasi has maintained that he should be considered a political prisoner and that he felt it was his moral duty to attack the CIA because of what he described as U.S. actions against Muslims and Muslim states.

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