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Qudoos released from jail

March 27, 2003

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RAWALPINDI, March 26: The Adiala Jail authorities on Wednesday released Aqeel Ahmed Abdul Qudoos, the alleged harbourer of Al Qaeda activist, Khalid Shaikh Mohammad.

“He (Qudoos) was released at 6:30pm. But he would not come to his Westridge residence as he had moved to some undisclosed place,” Qudoos’ sister, Qudsia, told Dawn.

However, she refused to reveal names of the persons who had given surety in the court. “They have helped our family in the name of God and we will not disclose their names in order to save them from any complication,” she said.

Responding to a query Ms Qudsia confirmed that there were no other charges against Qudoos except those which had been levelled by Westridge police.

The additional district and sessions judge, Syed Pervez Ali Shah, had accepted the bail plea of the accused on Tuesday.

The court had also set aside the decision of a judicial magistrate, Mohammad Iqbal Guraya, who had rejected the bail plea of the accused on March 19.