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2 Pakistani nationals get time served in Internet pill case

Associated Press Associated Press 5/11/2016

WASHINGTON — Two Pakistani nationals held in custody since their 2012 arrest have been sentenced to time served.

Prosecutors said in a statement Friday that 43-year-old Sheikh Waseem Ul Haq and 54-year-old Tahir Saeed operated websites that from 2005 to 2012 illegally shipped $2 million of pharmaceuticals from Pakistan and the United Kingdom to customers worldwide. Prosecutors said that included nearly $780,000 in sales to United States purchasers.

Prosecutors said Ul Haq was sentenced Friday to time served. Saeed was sentenced to time served on Sept. 23. The two men were arrested in London in 2012 and extradited to the United States. Both men took guilty pleas in the case. Ul Haq's attorney David Benowitz said Saturday a sentence of time served was appropriate.

Both defendants will be returned to Pakistan.

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