PESHAWAR (Reuters) – Law enforcement have arrested a person thought to have assisted a teenage murder suspect to bring a gun into a courtroom and destroy an American who was on demo for blasphemy in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, law enforcement mentioned on Thursday.
The target, Tahir Naseem, fifty seven, from Chicago, was showing for a bail listening to previous month when Faisal Khan, fifteen, allegedly pulled out a gun and shot him in the courtroom, telling bystanders he was killing him for insulting the Prophet Muhammad.
Investigators now consider Khan was provided the gun by a person named Tufail Zia, who was in a position to smuggle the weapon past stability checkpoints for the reason that he was related with the legal fraternity, the Peshawar police chief’s workplace told Reuters.
Zia, who was arrested on Tuesday, was exempt from a pat-down lookup by court docket safety, law enforcement stated. The head of the city’s bar council explained to Reuters Zia was an apprentice to 1 of the prosecuting attorneys.
Since his arrest, Khan has been lionized as a “holy warrior” by supporters in Pakistan. He has posed for selfies with his law enforcement escort and thousands have rallied in Peshawar calling for his release.
Blasphemy is a capital criminal offense in Pakistan, and these even accused of it have normally confronted vigilantism.
The U.S. Condition Section has called on Pakistan to prosecute these liable for the killing.
Khan’s lawyer, Inamullah Yusufzai, told Reuters his consumer experienced not nonetheless entered a plea, but he had requested the courtroom to conduct the trial in the prison where by he was currently being held, given the delicate nature of the case.
Yusufzai stated the trial could commence as early as upcoming 7 days.