Key witness in trial of two men who poisoned ex-con’s pancreas with double amphetamine mixed with washing powder claims she was not a member of activist group #cut50
The activist accused of poisoning her ex-boyfriend’s pancreas with a lethal dose of amphetamine before kidnapping him and burning him to death in a forest said on the stand on Thursday that she believed he was infidelity in bed with his then-girlfriend.
Unidentified defendant at Sadiquahh Cahkir’s trial during his cross-examination, whose real name is Kyra Khan, said that she had seen “a lot of violence” in the country and “I couldn’t accept that”.
She said she was first in contact with her alleged accomplice, mastermind Babar Ahmad, about the death threats she had received in late 2013.
“He asked, was I also suspicious of his relationship with [the social worker] Dahvi?” she said, referring to an alleged affair between the three. “Yes, I was suspicious of Dahvi.”
Ahmad and not Khan are on trial in a court in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on charges of aggravated murder and the large-scale infliction of torture and aggravated mutilation in connection with the death of Jawed Sadiquah, a mentally challenged man.
Ahmad, who initially blamed his son Ahmed for the acid attack, has said his brother-in-law cooperated with him in planning the assault, which took place in the Kohat district of the northern province of Badakhshan on 8 January 2014.
During his cross-examination, Ahmad asked Khan if her goal was to blow up “the bad boy” himself or Dahvi. She replied that “it was easier than that”.
She was also asked if she had been told by Ahmad that he planned to kill Sadiquah. Khan denied it.
Ahmad has said he was inspired by Ahmadi-Khan’s activism, and his attack was part of a plan to take control of the intelligence agency and make Afghanistan a Muslim theocracy.
Ahmad said that he had intended to “deal a blow” to the intelligence agency, and that he hired Dahvi to kidnap the victim and burn him alive in order to secure justice for Sadiquah.
The judge ordered that Khan have her DNA tested to confirm that she is Ahmadi-Khan’s biological daughter, and concluded that she did not have to answer further questions in the final part of her testimony. She has said that she was not in touch with Ahmadi-Khan when the acid attack took place.
With two other key witnesses out of the country on political business, the prosecution has relied on Khan to stand up as its head.
“She is my eyes and ears and I really do try to help her give her version,” said Ahmad, who studied business administration at university but deserted the university system.
Ahmad described Khan’s interaction with activists while in Iran, where she was born and where her family holds citizenship. She and Ahmad became close friends when she became angry with Ahmad’s apparent support for the security services, he said.
But the attack on the Ahmadi-Khan family made matters much worse. As Ahmad put it, “She didn’t want to sit back and just feel that she’s got a son”.