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Nov 14th, 2002, 04:39 PM
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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)


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.

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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."

Nov 14th, 2002, 06:15 PM
Ayaz Gul
14 Nov 2002, 14:52 UTC

Mir Aimal Kasi
About 300 protesters took to the streets in Quetta, the hometown of the condemned man, Mir Aimal Kasi. They chant anti-U.S. slogans and condemn the execution. Most of the participants belonged to Aimal Kasi's powerful tribe in this southwestern Pakistani region. The protesters also set an American flag on fire.

In the central city of Multan, about 100 people held a protest. One of the rally organizers, physician Javed Siddique, alleges that the United States did not give Aimal Kasi a fair trial.

"Our demand is that America should stop this death sentence and he should be given a fair and free trial in Pakistan," he said. "And if he is guilty he should be punished, but if he is not guilty then he should be set free."

Aimal Kasi has been convicted of killing two employees of the CIA near Washington in 1993. A Virginia court condemned him to death by lethal injection.

Mir Aurangzeb is a lawyer in Aimal Kasi's hometown, Quetta. He says the American government should have reconsidered the death sentence.

"Generally, people have their grievances against the American government," Mr. Aurangzeb said. "In the opinion of people over here in his hometown, they say it would be a very good gesture if he is not executed and if he is pardoned, or if his execution is converted into life imprisonment, then people would have good feelings about the American government and about the Americans."

Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali is a well-known politician from the south western province of Baluchistan.

Well, he is from my province, but every country has their own law of land and I think they act accordingly," he said. "It is a pity, I definitely feel sorry, but then the law has to take its own course.

The State Department has warned that the execution could trigger attacks against the United States or its foreign interests. Pakistani authorities say they have stepped up security around American facilities in the country to prevent violence.

Aimal Kasi fled to Pakistan after the killings. He was arrested in 1997 by U.S. and Pakistani agents who sent him back to the United States for trial.

Nov 14th, 2002, 09:21 PM
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Supporters of Aimal Kasi, a Pakistani man condemned to death in Virginia for killing two CIA employees, burn a United States flag at a rally Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002, in Kasi's hometown of Quetta, Pakistan. Kasi is scheduled to be executed Thursday night.

The Virginia Capitol Police patrol outside an alley near the Supreme Court of Virginia building at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002. Virginia officials are increasing security due to the scheduled execution of Aimal Khan Kasi at the Greensville Correctional facility in Jarratt, Va., Thursday evening. Kasi, of Pakistan, is being executed for killing two CIA employees.

nasty nick#2
Nov 14th, 2002, 09:24 PM
He doesn't really look like a guy a would have as my neighbour.

Nov 14th, 2002, 10:12 PM
Supporters of Aimal Kasi, a Pakistani man condemned to death in Virginia for killing two CIA (news - web sites) employees, shout during a rally Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002, in Kasi's hometown of Quetta, Pakistan, Thursday, Nov 14, 2002. Kasi is scheduled to be executed Thursday night.

Supporters of Aimal Kasi, a Pakistani man condemned to death in Virginia for killing two CIA (news - web sites) employees, shout during a rally Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2002 in Multan, Pakistan. Kasi is scheduled to be executed Thursday night.

Nasibullah Kasi, brother of condemned killer of CIA (news - web sites) employees Aimal Kasi, is seen in his home in Quetta, Pakistan, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2002. From his home on Wednesday Nasibullah Kasi said 'I appeal to all Muslims to pray for Aimal Kasi's life.' Aimal Kasi is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection Thursday night, Nov. 14 in Virginia. Aimal Kasi's portrait is seen at left.

Nov 15th, 2002, 05:04 AM
Kasi Executed For CIA Slayings
U.S. Cautions Of Possible Attacks In Retaliation

Governor Warner's Statement on Execution
From washingtonpost.com at 9:00 PM

"In the morning of January 25, 1993, several vehicles were waiting at a traffic light on Route 123 near the main entrance to the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency. Mir Aimal Kasi, armed with an AK-47 assault rifle, emerged from another vehicle stopped behind those waiting at the traffic light. Mr. Kasi began to walk among the vehicles, firing into them with his weapon. Within a few seconds, Mr. Kasi had murdered Frank Darling and Lansing Bennett, and wounded Nicholas Starr, Calvin Morgan, and Stephen Williams.

"After a ten-day trial in November 1997, a Fairfax County jury found Mr. Kasi guilty of capital murder of Mr. Darling, murder of Mr. Bennett, malicious woundings of Mr. Starr, Mr. Morgan, and Mr. Williams, and five charges of using a firearm in commission of the foregoing felonies. On February 4, 1998, the court sentenced Mr. Kasi to death.

"Mr. Kasi has admitted to the crimes for which he was convicted and shown absolutely no remorse for his actions. After a thorough review of Mr. Kasi's petition for clemency and the judicial opinions regarding this case, I have concluded that the death penalty is appropriate in this instance. I will not intervene."

By Maria Glod and Eric M. Weiss
Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, November 15, 2002; Page A01

JARRATT, Va., Nov. 14 -- Mir Aimal Kasi was executed by injection tonight, nearly a decade after he opened fire outside CIA headquarters, killing two people and wounding three in what he said was a protest of U.S. policies toward Muslims.

Kasi, 38, who fled to Pakistan and Afghanistan after the killings and eluded the FBI and intelligence officials for 4 1/2 years, was pronounced dead at 9:07 p.m. at the Greensville Correctional Center.

Strapped to a stainless steel table, Kasi uttered familiar words for the last time: "There is no god but Allah." He then softly began chanting as the poison killed him.

Outside the prison, television and newspaper reporters assembled amid heightened security. The crowd included several journalists from Pakistan, who said the case has been covered extensively in the media there, and crews from the Arab TV station al-Jazeera. No victims or family members of those killed attended.

Kasi's execution -- the state's fourth this year -- marked the end of one of Virginia's highest-profile capital cases. FBI and CIA officials never found evidence that Kasi was linked to a terrorist organization. But terrorism experts said his actions, on a bitterly cold winter morning, were an early sign of the growing anger among radical Muslims toward the United States.

The U.S. State Department has warned that Kasi's death could result in retaliation against Americans abroad. Even before the execution, there had been virulent anti-American protests around Kasi's home town in Pakistan.

Virginia authorities stepped up security at several locations statewide.

Just before 8 a.m. Jan. 25, 1993, Kasi, armed with a AK-47, calmly strode along a line of cars waiting to turn into CIA headquarters in Langley. He fatally shot Frank Darling, 28, who worked in CIA covert operations, and Lansing Bennett, 66, a physician and CIA analyst. Calvin Morgan, 61, an engineer; Nicholas Starr, 60, a CIA analyst; and Stephen E. Williams, 48, a telephone company employee, were wounded.

Authorities named Kasi as a suspect soon after the killings, but he already had fled to Pakistan. Authorities launched an international manhunt. On June 15, 1997, Kasi was detained in a hotel room near the Afghanistan border, and he was later returned to the United States to face trial in Fairfax County Circuit Court.

Kasi was convicted in 1997 and sentenced to death. During his trial, prosecutors said Kasi told FBI agents he carried out the attacks to "teach a lesson" to the United States.

At Greensville, Kasi spent his last day praying and meeting with his spiritual adviser and two brothers who traveled from Pakistan. He spoke to other family members in Pakistan by phone and ordered fried rice, bananas, boiled eggs and wheat bread for his final meal.

Kasi's attorney, Charles R. Burke, said his client spoke out against retaliation but still strongly believed that the United States mistreats the Muslim world.

"He believes in fighting the United States, but he's sorry for the injuries to the individuals," Burke said. "His attack was against the United States. He talks about how we, the American people, don't understand them and exploit them."

In a series of media interviews over the past several days, Kasi said he continued to believe strongly in what he did. After agreeing to speak to The Washington Post, Kasi changed his mind.

About mid-afternoon today, the U.S. Supreme Court denied Kasi's final appeal. Soon after, Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) rejected Kasi's request for clemency, which had been supported by the Pakistani government.

"Mr. Kasi has admitted to the crimes for which he was convicted and shown absolutely no remorse for his actions," Warner said in a statement. "After a thorough review of Mr. Kasi's petition for clemency and the judicial opinions regarding this case, I have concluded that the death penalty is appropriate in this instance."

Warner's spokeswoman, Ellen Qualls, said the governor had consulted with local and federal law enforcement and other officials about the potential for retaliatory attacks.

Government officials had warned of possible reprisals several times during Kasi's criminal case. A day after his conviction, four U.S. oil executives were killed in Pakistan, and U.S. officials speculated at the time that the slayings were retaliation for the trial.

Some terrorism experts said they believe Kasi's death could spark violence. This week, hundreds of angry university students belonging to a conservative Islamic group protested in the streets of Multan, Pakistan, chanting anti-American slogans.

Thomas J. Badey, a political science professor at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va., said Kasi's fate has become a "rallying cry" among some in the Muslim world.

"There's a feeling that the United States is perpetuating anti-Muslin sentiments," Badey said. "The execution of Kasi lends credence to that. Looking back, we could see him as the beginning of a larger pattern of violence."

CIA Director George J. Tenet said in a statement: "Today, our thoughts are with our two colleagues who were murdered . . . as well as the three others who were wounded that day. They and their loved ones will always be a part of our family."

Darling's widow, Judy Becker-Darling, and other family members said that they planned to spend today praying and that they hoped there would be no retaliation.

"The tragic death of Frank Darling through an act of terrorism destroyed a beautiful love story and marriage," the family said in a statement. "The justice system of the USA and the state of Virginia performed and have been heard."

Nov 15th, 2002, 05:07 AM
The death penalty is just state-sponsored murder.