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Pakistani Kidnapper of American Sentenced to Death

An image made from video released anonymously to reporters in Pakistan on Dec. 26, 2013 shows 72-year-old American development worker Warren Weinstein, who was kidnapped by al-Qaida, appealing to President Obama to negotiate his release.

An anti-terrorist court in Pakistan Wednesday condemned to death Hafiz Imran, who was convicted of abducting of Warren Weinstein, an American aid worker seized by armed men from his home in Lahore in 2011. He is still missing.

Pakistan reinstated the death penalty last month after militants attacked a school in Peshawar and killed 150 people, most of them children.

Weinstein is believed being held in a mountainous region near the Afghan border where the Pakistani military is fighting extremists. His captors released four videos of him, most recently in 2013.

In August last year, Elaine Weinstein, the wife of Warren Weinstein spoke to VOA Deewa Service and urged his captors to release him.

“I really don’t know why they are holding him," she said. "He was in Pakistan doing development work. He is just an old man, a sick man who was dedicated to doing his job in Pakistan and kept staying there for the benefit of the Pakistani people."

Elaine Weinstein said both the U.S. and Pakistani governments assured her that they are doing their best to secure her husband’s release.

A resident of Rockville, Maryland, Weinstein was working in Pakistan as a business development expert on contract with the U.S. Agency for International Development.