• Lawyer appointed to represent Western aid workers in Kabul

    Islamabad, Pakistan September 27 2001 1. John Mercer in white shirt, father of Heather Mercer - one of the arrested aid workers - talking to journalists 2. Nancy Cassell - mother of Heather Mercer 3. Atef Ali Khan, newly appointed lawyer ( in suit) for aid workers 4. Marriott Hotel 5. SOUNDBITE (English) Atef Ali Khan, newly appointed lawyer "I was appointed by the eight detainees, they signed a statement before the Supreme Court, saying that I would be their lawyer. The Americans over here were facilitating the whole process." (Question: "How long will it take?) Answer: "I can't really say, when I go in on Saturday I will have an idea of what is going on." 6. John Mercer and Nancy Cassell walking through hotel foyer 7. SOUNDBITE (English) Atef Ali Khan, newly appointed law...

    published: 21 Jul 2015
Lawyer appointed to represent Western aid workers in Kabul

Lawyer appointed to represent Western aid workers in Kabul

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Islamabad, Pakistan September 27 2001 1. John Mercer in white shirt, father of Heather Mercer - one of the arrested aid workers - talking to journalists 2. Nancy Cassell - mother of Heather Mercer 3. Atef Ali Khan, newly appointed lawyer ( in suit) for aid workers 4. Marriott Hotel 5. SOUNDBITE (English) Atef Ali Khan, newly appointed lawyer "I was appointed by the eight detainees, they signed a statement before the Supreme Court, saying that I would be their lawyer. The Americans over here were facilitating the whole process." (Question: "How long will it take?) Answer: "I can't really say, when I go in on Saturday I will have an idea of what is going on." 6. John Mercer and Nancy Cassell walking through hotel foyer 7. SOUNDBITE (English) Atef Ali Khan, newly appointed lawyer "Hopefully I will get an idea of what is happening and if they want to resume the trial immediately or if they want to give me sometime to prepare." 8. SOUNDBITE (English) John Mercer, father of Heather Mercer - one of the arrested aid workers "This is, as we said each day in Kabul, an event. We have had another event today so it is encouraging." 9. John Mercer and Nancy Cassell with Deborah Oddy ( wearing black top and with back to camera), mother of aid worker - Dana Oddy 10. SOUNDBITE (English) Atef Ali Khan, newly appointed lawyer (Question: Do you think the time is right for the trial with so much happening in Afghanistan? ) Well, life doesn't stop so I think that this will go on, you know." (Question: So how long have you been practising law? ) Answer: "Not for a long time! (Question: How old are you? ) Answer: "Twenty six." (Question: Twenty six? Is this your first big case? ) Answer: "I presume!" Kabul, Afghanistan - 8 September 2001 11. Aid workers in white minibus, with Taliban in red jeep, arrive at court 12. Armed guards, then, detainees get out of van and walk up steps to court 13. Diplomats and relatives of aid workers walk into court STORYLINE: A 26-year-old Pakistani lawyer, who himself admits he's never been involved in a big case, has been appointed to represent the foreign aid workers who are on trial in Kabul. The aid workers have been charged with preaching Christianity in Afghanistan. The two Americans, four Germans and two Australians were told by the Afghanistan Supreme Court that they could get a lawyer if they wanted one. The aid workers were arrested by the Taliban in early August and their Christian-based organisation, Shelter Now International, was shut down. The Taliban punishment for an Afghan Muslim who either converts to or preaches another religion is death. At their first appearance before the Supreme Court, Chief Justice Noor Mohammed Saqib refused to say what punishment could be imposed against the foreign workers, saying to do so would be premature. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/701c57c296747bfe3ae4e95358cb2d6e Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork
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