Anti-terrorism court: Mumbai case hearing deferred till Aug 4

Indian investigators maintain Lashkar-e-Taiba helped the attackers get work permits.

Mudassir Raja July 29, 2012


An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC-I) trying suspects in the Mumbai attacks case put off the hearing till August 4 on Saturday after the prosecution witness could not get his statement recorded.

Special Judge ATC-I Chaudhry Habibur Rehman deferred the hearing after lawyers representing the arrested suspects argued the statement of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) sub-inspector Muhammad Shafique should not be recorded after the report prepared by the judicial commission sent to India was rejected in the last hearing.

The FIA official had prepared a transcript of the compact disc (CD) provided by Indian authorities containing a recording of the conversation between the alleged attackers in the 2008 Mumbai carnage and their orchestrators in Pakistan.

Shafique was to record his statement after which the defence lawyers were to cross-examine him.

The court had earlier said that since the judicial commission was not allowed to cross-examine Indian witnesses and doctors, the evidence provided by India against Lashkar-e-Taiba’s Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and six other suspects hold no legal value in Pakistani courts.

Indian investigations

According to Indian investigators, Lashkar-e-Taiba financed the procurement of work permits by Mumbai terror attacks suspect Abu Jundal for the ‘recruited’ Indian youths in Saudi Arabia.

“Jundal’s main job was to recruit Indians in Saudi Arabia and he got work permits for them as soon as they were indoctrinated,” said a police officer privy to the ongoing interrogation of Jundal by Mumbai crime branch on Saturday.

The work-permits helped the youths to avoid coming under the scanner of Saudi authorities, the officer said.

LeT had, in fact, funded Jundal’s entire one-year stay in Saudi Arabia, said the officer, adding he had travelled there on a tourist visa.

“Jundal told us that he was paid in Saudi Arabia, and he never did any job for earning his livelihood,” he said.

Jundal was arrested in the Mumbai terror attacks case on July 21 this year, after he was brought here from Delhi.

Apart from Mumbai attacks, Jundal is also wanted in other cases in Maharashtra: Aurangabad Arms haul case, 2010 German Bakery blast in Pune and the conspiracy to attack Nashik Police Academy.

(With additional input from PTI

Published in The Express Tribune, July 29th, 2012.


Iqbal | 10 years ago | Reply

Welcome to the Islamic Rebublic of Pakistan where no terrorist has ever been convicted and where courts are over active with blasphemy prosecution. If anyone reading this article is under the impression that the accussed will be convicted should expect a rude wake up call. The judiciary is till in the medieval times. I am glad I left Pakistan to start a new life in UK. It is time it gives the keys of its house to someone else - I leave it to you to conclude who.

atif siddiqui | 10 years ago | Reply

@ Dr. Vikas...The independent judiciary of Pakistan will decide this matter. This is an international case, which takes larger time in completing the operational activities such as, both parties’ evidences, review of investigation reports, or etc. Do not please exaggerate the information without having any knowledge in the related issue.

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