Rep. Wayne Owens, D-Utah, is seeking to prevent Pakistan from amputating the right hands and left feet of two Americans - who are sons of a friend's secretary - as punishment after conviction there for robbery.
Daniel Patrick Boyd, 22, and Charles Thomas Boyd, 30, are sons of a secretary of Owens' friend, Hal Furman, whose Washington law firm lobbies Congress for the Central Utah Project.The Boyds were convicted in a June 1991 bank robbery where $3,500 was taken. They were sentenced to each have a right hand and left foot amputated, serve long prison sentences and pay fines.
So Owens, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, arranged a meeting Tuesday with members of the committee to express concern to Pakistani ambassador Najmudding A. Shaikh.
"The ambassador cannot absolutely assure us that the amputations would not occur but told us as strongly as possible that the chances are remote," Owens said after the meeting.
Shaikh told the press the Boyds' case is on appeal to the Pakistani Supreme Court, which has never allowed an amputation case to proceed after his country passed a 1979 law to permit them. Shaik said he expects a ruling on their appeal by the end of the month.