Washington, March 31 : A District Court in Virginia has sentenced Kashmiri leader and the Executive Director of Kashmiri-American Council, Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai to two years in incarceration in a minimum security prison for not abiding by the local laws during his campaign in support of the Kashmir cause.
After completing his sentence, Dr. Fai will remain under court supervision for three years. “I never intended to harm anybody in the world, never intended to harm the US. My sole motivation was to work for the people of Kashmir and their right of self determination,” Fai said in the court. He said: “I know the road to freedom is long but there is no short cut.”
The Judge commented: “I do not doubt your love for people of Kashmir” He said, “sentencing is necessary” even though he (Dr Fai) has done “moving things” on behalf of people of Kashmir.
Fai, who was represented by Nina Ginsberg in the court, also requested the court to allow him to surrender after graduation of his daughter on June 25, a plea which was granted.
The judge told Fai that he can continue to work for the cause of Kashmiri people from the prison—like write articles and do conference calls.
About 40 people were inside the courtroom—mostly his friends and family members. The government attorney was Gordon D Kromberg.
The sentence, which starts from 25th June 2012, is in the category of minimum security. This category is meant for inmates coming up in their time or those inmates that have committed a less severe crime. KMS-