Pakistanis say national in Berlin murdered

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26 May 2006, ISLAMABAD - A Pakistani senate committee has demanded a fresh autopsy on the remains of Amir Cheema whose alleged suicide while in German police custody is again being questioned, news reports said on Friday. Cheema, 28, detained in Berlin for attempting to kill a newspaper editor, was found hanging from a window of his cell with his hands tied behind his back, Tariq Khosa, additional director general of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), told the Senate Committee on Human Rights in Isl

26 May 2006

ISLAMABAD - A Pakistani senate committee has demanded a fresh autopsy on the remains of Amir Cheema whose alleged suicide while in German police custody is again being questioned, news reports said on Friday.

  Cheema, 28, detained in Berlin for attempting to kill a newspaper editor, was found hanging from a window of his cell with his hands tied behind his back, Tariq Khosa, additional director general of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), told the Senate Committee on Human Rights in Islamabad, reported The News.

   Khosa, who headed a two-member team that traveled to Germany to investigate Cheema's death after his family accused the Berlin police of murdering him, earlier this month endorsed German findings that suicide was the cause of death.

The investigator now claims that because of the tied hands and a last letter written by Cheema in Urdu which was never turned over, he fears that the Pakistani student might have been murdered.

German police said Cheema hung himself with a noose made from his own clothing and top pathologist Volkmar Schneider confirmed the injuries were consistent with suicide.

Khosa and two other Pakistani officials watched the two-hour autopsy but were not provided with a signed copy of the report and were only given an English translation of part of the last letter.

After the hearing, the committee demanded a fresh autopsy on Cheema's body by Pakistani doctors.

A resident of Rawalpindi, south of Islamabad, Cheema was arrested in Berlin on March 20 after he reportedly tried to enter the offices of the German newspaper Die Welt.

He was accused of trying to kill Die Welt's editor-in-chief Roger Koeppel because the newspaper had printed caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed. German police said they had also recovered a knife from him.

   Cheema's parents and friends accused the German police of killing him, which prompted the Pakistan government to dispatch the investigation team to ascertain the cause of his death.

Cheema's remains were buried in his ancestral village of Saroki in central Punjab province on May 13 hours after they were flown to Lahore from Berlin.

DPA

Subject: German News

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