Mumbai case: Pak court rejects suspects` plea for acquittal
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 06, 2010, 21:22
Islamabad: A Pakistani anti-terror court today rejected an application seeking acquittal of LeT operations chief Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and six others charged with helping plan and execute the Mumbai attacks.

It also turned down an application by the suspects for Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone terrorist arrested alive during the attacks, to be brought to Pakistan from India for trial.

Judge Malik Muhammad Akram Awan, who is conducting the trial within Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi for security reasons, directed the prosecution to present evidence against the accused at the next hearing on January 16.

He rejected the applications filed by the suspects after hearing arguments by defence lawyers and the prosecution, which told the court that it has "strong evidence" against the accused.

The suspects had last month filed an application under Section 265-K of the Code of Criminal Procedure seeking their acquittal on the ground that there is no probability of their being convicted for any offence.

The defence lawyers had challenged the prosecution's decision to use Kasab's statement to Indian authorities on the ground that the accused were not given an opportunity to cross-examine Kasab in the Pakistani court.

They had also questioned the prosecution's decision to use Kasab's statement after he recently retracted his confession.


First Published: Wednesday, January 06, 2010, 21:22

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