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Cablegate: Demarche Delivered On Omar Saeed Sheikh Case

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Cable dated:2009-12-03T09:52:00

C O N F I D E N T I A L ISLAMABAD 002903SIPDISE.O. 12958: DECL: 12/03/2019

TAGS: PREL PTER PGOV UK PK

SUBJECT: DEMARCHE DELIVERED ON OMAR SAEED SHEIKH CASEREF: SECSTATE 108201

Classified By: Anne W. Patterson for reasons 1.4 (b) (d)

1. (C) Poloff delivered reftel demarche and associated non-paper and diplomatic note on the transfer of Ahmad Omar Saeed Sheikh to the U.S. to MFA Director for Americas Sohail Khan on November 25. Per reftel instructions, she specifically requested that while the request for transfer of Sheikh was being considered, Pakistan provide written assurances that Sheikh will remain in custody throughout the appeals process. Khan responded that the case of Sheikh was a “sensitive” issue and while the case was still open, i.e. “subjudice,” the government had little power to transfer Sheikh. However, Khan said that he would refer the diplomatic note and requests to the MFA’s legal department for a formal response. Post will follow-up with the MFA’s legal department to obtain the formal response and seek the written assurance of Sheikh’s continued detention.PATTERSON

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