US: Kashmiri separatist Fai who spied for ISI sent to jail

published on April 1, 2012

Srinagar-born Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai, who in December admitted to being an ISI agent, was sentenced on Friday to 24 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy and tax violations in connection with a decades-long scheme to conceal the transfer of at least $3.5 million from for the government of Pakistan to fund his lobbying efforts in America related to Kashmir.

On December 7, 2011, 62-year-old Fai, undisputedly one of the most influential Kashmiri Americans in the country and founder of the Kashmiri American Council, had pleaded guilty to two-count criminal information.  

Count one of the information charged Fai with conspiracy to: 1) falsify, conceal and cover up material facts he had a duty to disclose in matters within the jurisdiction of executive branch agencies of the US government; and to 2) defraud the Treasury Department by impeding the lawful functions of the IRS in the collection of revenue.  

According to court documents filed with his plea agreement, although ostensibly the KAC  held itself out to be run by Kashmiris, financed by Americans, and dedicated to raising the level of knowledge in the United States about the struggle of the Kashmiri people for self-determination, it  was secretly funded by officials employed by the government of Pakistan, including the ISI.

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