Friday, May 2, 2014

Pakistan: Former Aide To Chicago Rahm Emmanuel Flees to Pakistan to Avoid Sentencing on Corruption Charges

According to http://www.cleveland.com, a former aide to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel who fled to Pakistan while awaiting sentencing in the US on corruption convictions has been arrested in Pakistan and authorities there are determining whether to hand him over to the United States or keep him in Pakistan.

Amer Ahmad, 39, was detained on fraud allegations four days ago when he attempted to enter Pakistan at the international airport in Lahore.

"We recovered US$170,000 and 124,000 euros from this person," an airport official said.

Collectively, Ahmad entered Lahore with a total amount of US$342,010!

COMMENT: Knowing Pakistan as I do, it is highly likely that the Pakistanis will seize the US$342,000 as the fruits of crime and keep Ahmad in Pakistan for no other reason that to put a "stick in the eye of Washington," simply as "payback" for executing Osama bin Laden.

Ahmad must have been perceived as a major flight risk, given his access to so much cash.

"We had already been alerted re: his arrival and fraud allegations. He is still in Lahore, but may be moved to Islamabad in the coming days."

Ahmad faces up to 15 years in federal prison in the United States after pleading guilty in December 2013 to conspiracy to commit money laundering, wire fraud and bribery.

Ahmad was accused of conspiring with others from about January 2009 through January 2011 to use his role as deputy treasurer for the US state of Ohio to direct official state of Ohio broker services business to a securities broker in exchange for payments from that broker. A sentencing date has not been set.

Ahmad moved on to become a comptroller for the City of Chicago, where he lived with his wife and children while awaiting sentencing. He resigned as Chicago comptroller before his indictment in August 2013 on the Ohio charges.

A federal judge issued an arrest warrant for him last week for violating the terms of his bail agreement.

Ahmad's wife, Samar Ahmad, 35, had sought an order of protection against him in Chicago on April 24, accusing him of verbal abuse, threatening to take their children and asking her to get him a fraudulent birth certificate from Pakistan for a passport.

The bad news is that according to REUTERS, Ahmad is perceived in Pakistan as a dual-national.