Zia Zafar: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Zafar fleeing the crime scene

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Zia Zafar is the California man who shot, and tried to kill, a US diplomat in Mexico last year. Zafar, a 32 year old US citizen, put on a wig and glasses before he stalked, and eventually shot, the vice consul at the US Consulate in Guadalajara. The consul, Christopher Ashcraft, survived the attack, which happened outside the parking lot of a gym last January.

Zafar, who was studying in Guadalajara at the time of the attack, has never denied that he tried to kill Ashcraft. He had initially planned to plead not guilty by reason of insanity. But today, the Chino Hills native entered a guilty plea in US District Court in Alexandria.

Zafar told the court, “I am guilty of whatever I did.” His lawyer said that two doctors would testify at his trial about his mental health issues.

The prosecution said that Zafar did not know Christopher Ashcraft personally. They claim that Zafar knew that Ashcraft worked for the US consulate, and had shot him simply because Ashcraft “represented the United States.”

Here’s what you need to know.


1. Zafar’s Entire Crime Was Caught on Film

Zafar went to the trouble of disguising himself before he shot Ashcraft. He put on a set of scrubs, a wig, and dark sunglasses. But his whole crime was caught on a surveillance camera.

The security video from the night of the attack shows a man in scrubs, a wig, and sunglasses following Ashcraft as he leaves his gym and pays for his parking. The disguised man is later seen walking back and forth. One of his hands is in his pocket.
Finally, as Ashcraft’s car pulls out of the garage, the man fires into Ashcraft’s car and runs away.

Ashcraft was hit in the chest. He was taken to a hospital and he survived. But the Washington Post reports that the bullet from Zafar’s gun is still lodged in his spine, and there is shrapnel in his pectoral muscle.


2. Zafar Was In Guadalajara Studying to Become a Doctor. He Wore Purple Scrubs When He Attacked Ashcraft.

Zia Zafar in the parking lot

Zia Zafar in the parking lot

ABC’s Eyewitness news reported that Zafar had been living in Mexico for the past four years, studying to become a doctor at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara. They said that Zafar had grown up in the affluent Chino Hills neighborhood not far from Los Angeles, and that neighbors were stunned to learn about his case.

Zafar disguised himself in purple scrubs, a wig, and glasses before staking out Christopher Ashcraft near a gym parking lot. However, Zafar’s whole crime was caught on video. News reports are not very clear about how, exactly, Zafar was identified. But the FBI offered an award of 20,000 dollars for the capture of the man who had shot Ashcraft. A manhunt was immediately launched, in which the Mexican authorities cooperated with the FBI, and some 48 hours later, Zafar was captured and arrested.


3. Zafar, A US Citizen Originally from India, Was Angry About a Visa Issue

Zafar Outside the Parking Lot

Zafar Outside the Parking Lot

A spokesperson at the Jalisco State Prosecutor’s Office confirmed last year that Zia Zafar was a naturalized US citizen who was of Indian origin.

He was in Mexico on a student visa. However, multiple news sources reported that Zafar was angry over a denied visa. They say that he targeted Ashcraft, the vice consul at the US consulate in Guadalajara, because of his frustration about the visa issue.

The prosecution said in court today that Zafar did not know Ashcraft and had targeted him because he represented the US government.


4. Zafar Underwent a Psychological Evaluation Last May And Was Declared Competent to Stand Trial

Zia Zafar aiming a gun

Zafar Aiming His Gun

Zafar had originally been planning to plead innocent,by reason of insanity. However, in May of 2017, he underwent a psychological evaluation in May of 2017. Prosecutors announced in August that he had been declared fit to stand trial.

Still, news reports from today’s hearing made it sound as though Zafar’s mental health is still in question. The Washington Post reported that Zafar spoke “haltingly” and seemed confused at times. Zafar’s public defender, Whitney Minter, said that Zafar was only recently found fit to stand for trial, because of new medication he was taking. Minter said that she would call two doctors to testify during the trial about Zafar’s mental health.


5. Zafar Said He Could Not Afford A Lawyer — Even Though He Grew Up in an Affluent Area

Zafar fleeing the crime scene

Zafar Fleeing the Crime Scene

Zafar is being represented by a public defender, just as he has been since his case opened in 2017. At his first court appearance, in January 2017, Zafar spoke only to say that he understood the charges against him, and that he could not afford to hire his own lawyer.

ABC News has reported that Zafar grew up in an expensive home in Chino Hills, California. ABC visited the area and spoke with Zafar’s neighbors. They all knew him and knew that he was studying in Mexico. He used to live in the house with his mother and sister, but they apparently moved several months ago, and their whereabouts are unknown.

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God must give wisom to a white in America ,, because blacks and some Chinese enjoy a great liberty in USA ,,but a black in South Africa hates a white ,in India CHRISTIANS and Muslims are seen as a foreigners,,,,,,,,,,,,

Many CHRISTIANS and Muslims in India now stopped eating beef after this incident,,we respect their faith ,, God bless a Hindu,, July 13th, 2018
Telegraph,,,.co.,,,uk
Muslim man beaten to death over rumours he had eaten beef in India
Mohammad Akhlaq was attacked by around 100 people and despite being taken to hospital, police said “his life could not be saved”
Six people have been arrested in connection with the murder of Mohammad Akhlaq ,,
A 50-year-old Muslim man was beaten to death over rumours he had eaten beef, a taboo in India, a Hindu-majority nation.
Mohammad Akhlaq was dragged from his house on the outskirts of the capital and attacked by around 100 people on Monday night, a police officer told AFP.
“When our team reached the spot a crowd was there outside his house. They (police) managed to rescue him and take him to the hospital, but his life could not be saved,” said senior police superintendent Kiran
Indian police said on Wednesday they had arrested six people and “deployed additional personnel to contain any further repercussions”.
Mr Akhlaq’s 22-year-old son was also seriously injured in the attack and was in intensive care at a nearby hospital.
Killing cows is banned in many states of India, a majority-Hindu country that also has sizeable Muslim, Christian and Buddhist minorities.
In March, the state of Maharashtra toughened its ban to make even possessing beef illegal, a move seen by religious minorities as a sign of the growing power of hardline Hindus since nationalist prime minister Narendra Modi came to power.
The rumours that the family had eaten beef began when a calf was reported missing in Dadri village, 22 miles from New Delhi.
“An announcement about the family consuming beef was made at a temple, after which the mob descended on the man’s house,” said Kiran.
The Indian Express quoted Mr Akhlaq’s daughter Sajida as saying the family had mutton in the fridge and not beef.
“They accused us of keeping cow meat, broke down our doors and started beating my father and brother. My father was dragged outside and beaten with bricks,” she told the daily.
But rich Hindus there are selling exporting beef to world countries,,,
USA must ban beef from India,,
Because God does not like this beef politics ,,,
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God bless America.
God bless a White
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Berean Literal Bible
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 3;16
Dear Americans,
Something bad is going on in USA as balack white or Mexican,,
It is not good ,
USA is a Whites land,,
Whites are not respected in South Africa,,
So African Americans must live with fear in USA ,,
A black can not dance like a white ,,
Live with fear ,,,
Otherwise God will punish you ..
Whites are giving blacks too much of freedom in USA ,,
This not good for Whites,,,
How blacks treat whites in South Africa,,,?
A black man even abuse a white woman ,,,
But ,,
This blacks want too much of freedom and liberty or they sing and dance in America ,,
This is shame on blacks,
God bless a white.
Amen.
A black boy or a black man must live with fear in America ,,
Because ,,blacks in South Africa do not give respect or see a white as a friend in their land ,,
Even a black abuses a White woman,,
But blacks enjoy all rights in USA ,,
This is not good for America..
Russian relationship with USA is must ,,,,
It is good ,,
It is not a sin,,,
Russians have changed a lot ,
They improved a lot ,,
Please respect Trump ,,
Pardon Russia,,,

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