Pakistani Court Frees Terror Suspects

Bin-Laden go-between among dozens released before trial
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Aug 23, 2007 4:16 AM CDT
Supporters of jailed Pakistani politician Javed Hashmi, seen on left hand poster, celebrate his release, Friday, Aug 3, 2007, outside the Supreme Court in Islamabad, Pakistan. Pakistan's Supreme Court...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Dozens of Pakistani terror suspects have been released from jail without trial following orders from the nation's supreme court that they be freed. The bold move by the judiciary against President Musharraf's tenuous rule is bound to elicit protests from the US and Britain. The most notorious prisoner released is Al-Qaeda suspect Mohammed Naeem Noor Khan.

He is believed to have acted as a middle man between Osama bin Laden's inner posse and al-Qaeda cells throughout the world. Most of the freed prisoners were seized by the country's Inter Services Intelligence and held without charges for up to three years, leading human rights groups to tout the court's decision.