US sends alleged rapist-murderer of 3 transgender people back to Pakistan

The United States has extradited a politically influential man to his home country of Pakistan, where he had been wanted for murdering three transgender people after sexually assaulting them.

The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) office in New York said in a statement Thursday that it removed fugitive Ahmad Bilal Cheema on July 12 on a commercial flight to his home country, where he was handed over to Pakistani law enforcement officials.

Pakistani officials did not immediately comment on ERO’s announcement.

The 42-year-old, along with two accomplices, allegedly killed three people in November 2008 in Sialkot, an industrial area in central Punjab province, before fleeing to the United States weeks later, Pakistani police said.

ERO said Cheema “is wanted for murder in Pakistan.” According to Pakistani police, Cheema along with two accomplices were allegedly killed by three individuals on or about November 5, 2008.”

It added that a Pakistani citizen first legally entered the United States on January 24, 2009, weeks before “he was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence.”

Coming from a politically influential Pakistani family, Cheema is the son of former Punjab Industries Minister Ajmal Cheema.

In December 2009, a New York court convicted the fugitive Pakistani citizen of “driving while impaired by alcohol” and sentenced him to a fine and suspension of his driving license for 90 days.

ERO said its office in New York was notified in May 2021 that Cheema was wanted by the Pakistani government in connection with the triple murder case. He was arrested later that year “as a nonimmigrant overstayer” before an immigration judge ordered his removal from the United States to Pakistan.

“Our law enforcement officers are to be commended for their work in quickly apprehending and removing this individual, who, unbeknownst to US law enforcement for several years, was a fugitive wanted for murder in his home country,” said ERO Acting Director William Joyce.

Senior Pakistani police officials revealed in early 2009 that their investigators had recovered Cheema’s cell phone from the crime scene and that its records showed a video of him sexually assaulting the victims before they were killed.

The English language Dawn The newspaper quoted the district police chief at the time as saying that another transgender man was also shot, but he survived and later testified in court against the suspected attackers.

US sends alleged rapist-murderer of 3 transgender people back to Pakistan

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