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Court rejects bail for U.S. terror suspects

Police escort U.S. terror suspects from a prison van for a court hearing this week in Sargodha, Pakistan.
Police escort U.S. terror suspects from a prison van for a court hearing this week in Sargodha, Pakistan.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Bail applications denied for five Americans suspected of plotting terror attacks, prosecutor says
  • Bail forbidden for suspects of terror crimes carrying possible sentences of 10-plus years
  • Five Americans arrested in December in Pakistani city of Sargodha
RELATED TOPICS
  • Pakistan
  • Terrorism
  • Sargodha

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- A Pakistani court on Wednesday rejected bail applications for five Americans suspected of plotting terror attacks, a court official said.

The prosecution argued the men should not be granted bail because Pakistani anti-terrorism laws forbid it for detainees suspected of terror-related crimes carrying a potential sentence of more than 10 years, said Nadeem Akram Cheema, public prosecutor for the anti-terror court in Sargodha, Pakistan.

The judge agreed, Cheema said.

The five detainees are identified as Ahmed Abdullah Minni, Umar Farooq, Aman Hassan Yemer, Waqar Hussain Khan and Ramy Zamzam.

They were arrested in December in the small city of Sargodha.

Pakistani authorities have described the men as college students who "were of the opinion that a jihad must be waged against the infidels for the atrocities committed by them against Muslims around the world."

The suspects include two Pakistani-Americans, two Yemeni-Americans and an Egyptian-American.

Journalist Nasir Habib contributed to this report.