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Russian embassy in Pakistan negotiates commuting sentence to Russian citizen Ahlas Ahlak

December 21, 2014, 11:21 UTC+3
Ahlas Ahlak sentenced to death on charges of attempted Pakistani former President Pervez Musharraf
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MOSCOW, December 21. /TASS/. The Russian embassy in Pakistan is negotiating with local authorities commuting the sentence to Russian citizen Ahlas Ahlak, sentenced to death on charges of attempted Pakistani former President Pervez Musharraf, deputy consul, Damir Galiullin, told TASS on Sunday.

“We are using every opportunity now to have the sentence commuted,” he said.

“We continue negotiations with the Pakistani authorities,” the deputy consul said. “We are trying to do everything possible for a positive decision.”

The assassination attempt was in December, 2003, and the sentence was presented ten years ago - in August, 2005. Besides the Russian citizen, four more people were sentenced. The citizenship became known only after the sentence was announced.

Ahlas Ahlak, who is 33 or 34 now, has a Pakistani father and a Russian mother. He came to Pakistan in March, 2001. In spring of 2004, he was arrested on charges of attempted assassination and later on was sentenced to death.

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