Saturday, May 3, 2014

US/Pakistan: Update--Washington Needs to "Suck-Up" Big-Time to Extradite Fugitive State, City Treasurer

According to http://tribune.com.pk, Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Wednesday said that while it has received numerous calls from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to hand over Amer Ahmed, 39, the accused former Ohio state treasurer’s aide arrested in Pakistan, the agency remains unwavering in its response that US authorities must follow protocol and contact the government formally.

COMMENT: Although the third anniversary of the Osama bin Laden raid in Pakistan that resulted in the execution of the notorious al-Qaeda leader, the 40-minute operation by Navy SEALs on May 2, 2011 today may not necessarily be one of the Obama Administration's finest hours.

One very hard lesson-learned for Amer Ahmad is that don't wait until you're indicted, as you have scant bargaining chips.

Let's now fast-forward to 2014 and closely examine Pakistani-US foreign relations.

No matter where you sit politically, while the bin Laden raid had very few short-term upsides, it did accord US President Barack Obama something to put on his non-existent CV.

It also gave President Obama a "bump" in his popularity, now eroded largely because of his continuing to deceive the US electorate, largely because of lies he told American voters who believed what he had told them about Obamacare.

In the long-term, though, the highly-publicized raid did little to suppress the growth of al-Qaeda and its endless franchisees around the globe, as the terror group is strong today than it was in September 10, 2001.

Former deputy Ohio treasurer Amer Ahmad, who is wanted by the US Department of Justice, is now in custody of the FIA after he was caught at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal Airport for traveling on forged documents from México.

As for the US$342,000 he carried into Lahore, it now doubt has been seized by the Pakistanis as "fruits of a crime" or distributed among Lahore's power-elite.

One thing most judges don't know about corrupt officials: They have access to other criminals.

A US national of Pakistani descent, Ahmad is on the run after a US district court judge issued his arrest warrant on Friday (May 2) for violating the terms of his release after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy and bribery charges for his role in setting up his high school classmate to make $3.2 million in trading commissions off the state in exchange for $523,000 in kickbacks.

Naively, Ahmad was released on his own recognizance, pending a sentencing hearing which could send him away for 15 years with heavy fines. Under the terms of his bond, he had to surrender his passport.

FIA authorities obtained files saved on Ahmad’s laptop, which included a diary containing details of Ahmad’s flight from the US. 

This report will be updated as new information comes to light.