March 31st, 2010
07:25 PM ET

'D.C. Five' defense team says Pakistan faked evidence

The trial of the "D.C. Five" opened in Sargodha, Pakistan, on Wednesday with the defense accusing Pakistani authorities of fabricating evidence against five Americans accused of plotting attacks on Pakistan.

The Americans could get life in prison if convicted. Their lawyers claim that they planned no such terrorist attacks and were implicated by Pakistani authorities who were under intense pressure to indict them.

"We have gone through all their statements and the story. [Pakistani authorities] have manipulated and concocted things which really are not true. They are false and frivolous," said Tariq Asad, defense counsel.

Asad refused to disclose that evidence but claimed that it would all be revealed during his cross-examination of prosecution witnesses. The defense believes that some of the evidence obtained on the suspects' computers could have been manipulated.

The defense team said it expects all five its clients to take the stand.

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