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Pakistani Prosecutor: 5 Detained Americans Have Al Qaeda Leader

Detained Americans in Pakistan

Pakistani police say the five men contacted the Taliban over the Internet and plotted attacks. (Reuters)

ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A Pakistani government prosecutor says he has presented evidence in court that shows contacts between five detained Americans with an Al Qaeda linked militant leader.

Nadeem Akram says the evidence produced Saturday includes documents, phone call logs and retrieved e-mails. He says it shows the men had contacts with Qari Saifullah Akhtar.

Akhtar was the leader of the banned militant network Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami, which is believed to have extensive contacts with Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

The five northern Virginia men are accused of planning terrorist acts in Pakistan. Court proceedings are closed to the press.