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CIA shooting suspect held without bond

June 18, 1997
Web posted at: 11:50 a.m. EDT (1550 GMT)
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FAIRFAX, Virginia (CNN) -- The man suspected of killing two people and injuring three others in a 1993 shooting spree outside CIA headquarters was ordered held without bond Wednesday morning.

Prosecutors consider Mir Aimal Kansi a risk to flee. He was returned to the United States from Pakistan Tuesday after a multi-national manhunt.

At a hearing Wednesday, Kansi did not enter a plea on the charges facing him, which include two counts of murder for the January 25, 1993, shooting.

The government alleges that Kansi is the man who opened fire at people waiting in their cars to turn into the CIA's Langley, Virginia, parking lot. Kansi left the United States the day after the crime.

Fairfax Commonwealth Attorney Robert Horan told court officials he plans to ask for the death penalty for Kansi, although he said his decision is not final.
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Kansi, who will be held in solitary confinement, told the judge Wednesday that he could not pay for a lawyer. Judge J. Howe Brown ordered that an attorney be appointed and set the next court date for June 27.

In a statement released Wednesday morning coinciding with the hearing, U.S. President Bill Clinton praised the FBI, CIA and the departments of State, Justice and Defense for their cooperation in the investigation of the shooting.

"The United States will not relent in the pursuit of those who use violence against Americans to advance their goals no matter how long it takes, no matter where they hide," Clinton said.

White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry said Clinton had approved the plan and "personally followed developments in this matter extremely closely."


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