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Bounty on Saeed for info leading to his conviction: US

Last updated on: April 5, 2012 09:08 IST

Bounty on Saeed for info leading to his conviction: US

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The United States underlined that $ 10 million bounty for Lashkar-e-Tayyiba founder Hafiz Seed is not about finding his location, but to seek information that can convict the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks in a court of law.

"We all know where he is, every journalist in Pakistan and in the region knows how to find him, but we're looking for information that can be usable to convict him in a court of law," US State Department spokesman Mark Toner said, adding that his conviction could be in any US or foreign court of law.

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Image: Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, head of Jamaat-ud-Dawa and founder of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, waves to the media after a news conference in Rawalpindi near Islamabad April 4
Photographs: Reuters

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"We're looking for, which is people to step forward that provide that kind of evidence that the Pakistanis can then arrest this individual and try him," he said when asked about the statement from Pakistani officials that the US should provide concrete information on Saeed.

He told reporters at his daily news conference that the US was looking "for evidence that can withstand judicial scrutiny" against Saeed and "information that can be used against him to convict him in a court of law".

The clarification from the US State Department came hours after Saeed at a news conference in Pakistan dared the US to arrest or kill him the way they did with Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.



Image: A private security guard stands outside the residence of Saeed
Photographs: Reuters

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Toner said the USD 10 million "is not about his location but information that leads to an arrest or conviction". He said it is about "information that could withstand judicial scrutiny" and "not seeking this guy's location".

The American official said Saeed is free to give press conferences at this point of time, as he is a free man, but hoped that he would soon be behind bars.



Image: Saeed is wanted for his role in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks

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