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
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