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Verdicts on five Americans arrested in Pakistan could come Thursday

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Verdict could come Thursday in Pakistan
  • Five Americans arrested on terror charges
  • Prosecutor said there is strong evidence

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- A Pakistani court is expected to announce its verdict Thursday on five Americans who were arrested on terror charges, the public prosecutor told CNN.

Nadeem Akram Cheema, public prosecutor for the Anti Terrorism Court in Sargodha, said all the allegations against the five suspects, have been proved and Thursday they will be punished with maximum sentencing.

Cheema said strong evidence such as incriminating e-mails and the suspects' own confessions should be enough for them to get the maximum punishment.

"We have all the evidence against the accused and I hope they will be sentenced with life imprisonment," said Cheema.

The suspects, who have been dubbed the "D.C. Five," have been charged with several terrorism-related counts, including criminal conspiracy to commit terrorism and waging war against Pakistan and its allies, including the United States.

The five Americans -- Ahmed Abdullah Minni, Umar Farooq, Aman Hassan Yemer, Waqar Hussain Khan and Ramy Zamzam -- used to worship together at a mosque in Alexandria, Virginia, until they went missing in November and turned up in Pakistan. They were arrested in December in Sargodha, about 120 miles south of Islamabad, after their parents in the United States reported them missing.

Pakistani authorities have described the men as college students, intent on waging holy war against "infidels for the atrocities committed by them against Muslims around the world."

Jouranalist Nasir Habib contributed to this report.