Supporters of Aimal Kasi, a Pakistani man condemned to death in Virginia for killing two CIA employees, shout during a rally Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002 in Multan, Pakistan. Kasi is scheduled to be executed Thursday night. Placard on left reads "Execution of Kasi is a matter of deep concern for Muslims."
This is a Virginia Department of Corrections handout photo of Pakistani Aimal Kasi who was convicted in the 1993 killings of two CIA employees. Kasi is scheduled to be executed Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002, at the Greensville Correctional facility in Jarratt, Va. Officials say international interest in Aimal Khan Kasi's scheduled execution prompted them to increase security at the Greenville Correctional Center and the state Capitol in Richmond.
Security Boosted For Va. Execution
Nov 14, 9:15 AM (ET)
By ADRIENNE SCHWISOW
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Fearing retaliation against Americans, authorities are ratcheting up security in advance of the execution of a Pakistani man convicted of killing two CIA employees and wounding three others in 1993.
Virginia planned to execute Aimal Khan Kasi, 38, on Thursday night - drawing interest from both the international community and vigilant U.S. officials.
"Someone with national and even international credentials like this, it mandates that we take extra precautions," said Col. Gerald Massengill, head of Virginia State Police. He said it would be "inappropriate" to provide security details.
Hundreds of religious students protested for a fourth day Wednesday in Pakistan, calling the United States the biggest terrorist of all and warning Americans in that country that they won't be safe if Kasi dies.
Kasi's family said Wednesday they have little hope he will be pardoned and are calling on their countrymen not to retaliate with violence if he is executed.
Kasi has an appeal pending with the U.S. Supreme Court and a clemency petition is being considered by Gov. Mark R. Warner. The petition includes pleas from Kasi's mother and Pakistan's ambassador to the United States, Ashraf Jehangir Qazi.
Some Pakistani politicians have pleaded with American officials to spare Kasi's life, saying a commutation of the death sentence could "win the hearts of millions" and help the United States in its war on terror.
Kasi has said he has no regrets about killing CIA communications worker Frank Darling, 28, and CIA analyst and physician Lansing Bennett, 66, as they sat in their cars at a stoplight outside CIA headquarters in McLean, Va., in January 1993. Three other men were wounded as Kasi walked along the row of stopped cars, shooting into them with an AK-47 assault rifle.
Two days after his conviction, four American oil company workers were shot to death in Karachi, Pakistan.
(AP) This is a Virginia Department of Corrections handout photo of Pakistani Aimal Kasi who was...
A Virginia Department of Corrections spokesman declined to comment on security arrangements for the 9 p.m. EST execution by injection.
Greensville County Sheriff Wyatt Lee said he usually sends five or six of his 22 deputies to executions at the death chamber in Jarratt, about 55 miles south of Richmond.
"We will be out in full force," he said.
Capitol police officers would have increased patrols at the Virginia Supreme Court and at other unnamed locations, though the chief of capitol police said no threats had been made.
"It's because of who he is and what he did," Col. George Mason said.
In an interview last week, Kasi said he hopes his execution does not bring retaliatory attacks. He also condemned the World Trade Center attack because it killed civilians, but stood by his crimes because they targeted government agents.
At the Kasi home, his family urged calm and prayed for a miracle.
"Kasis are a peaceful tribe. We want peaceful solutions to every problem," Kasi's older brother, Nasibullah Kasi, said. "We do not want the Kasi name to be used to harm anybody."