Dec 20 2007
One of the key planners behind a plot to load bombs on up to 12 commercial airliners heading from Europe to the US, and exploding them over the US so they could rain down death and destruction on our cities, recently escaped Pakistan authorities. Now we learn he escaped with the help of Police who were charged to guard him – and who have been arrested:
Two Pakistani police officers were charged with criminal conspiracy after a high-powered committee found that they had helped Rashid Rauf, a key suspect in the Heathrow bomb plot, to escape.
Mr Rauf, a British national of Pakistani origin, fled custody as he was being transported from an Islamabad court to the high-security Adiala jail in the garrison town of Rawalpindi on Saturday.
An investigation into the incident revealed that the escape was facilitated by Mohammed Tufail and Nawab Zada, the police officers guarding him.
â€œIt is not a case of negligence, but a case of criminal collusion,’ the enquiry committee set up by the Interior Ministry said. The guards who had escorted Mr Rauf to the court on three previous occasions removed his handcuffs and let him get away, the report said.
OK, but who put those two guards on that special duty? I think there is more to this. For what Rauf was involved you can check out some of my earlier posts on the incident here.