A Brooklyn taxi cab driver, Mohammad Ajmal Choudhry, is being held without bail in a Brooklyn jail after being formally charged by the U.S. attorney's office for the Eastern District of New York with conspiracy to commit "honor killings" in Pakistan.
Choudhry, 60, who was arrested back in February and arraigned in a U.S. courthouse in Brooklyn on Sept. 26, also faces charges of visa fraud and transmitting threats by interstate communications. (See Honor Killing Indictment.pdf )
According to the indictment and other court filings, Choudhry's daughter, Amina Ajmal, "was held against her will in Pakistan for more than three years by relatives at her father's direction. During that time, Ajmal, a U.S. citizen, was forced into an arranged marriage with a Pakistani national for the purpose of obtaining a U.S. visa for that individual. Ajmal eventually escaped Pakistan and returned to the United States with the assistance of a cousin and U.S. State Department officials."