26/11: Lakhvi`s bail plea hearing deferred for a week

A Pak anti-terror court has deferred for a week the hearing on a bail plea of 26/11 accused Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.

Islamabad: A Pakistani anti-terror court today
put off for a week the hearing on a bail plea of LeT`s Zakiur
Rehman Lakhvi, one of the seven suspects in the Mumbai attack
case, after defence lawyers said the fresh evidence provided
by India and information gleaned from David Headley should be
made part of the proceedings.

Anti-terrorism court Judge Malik Muhammad Akram Awan
adjourned the case till July 24 after hearing arguments by
defence lawyer Shahbaz Rajput.

Rajput said that fresh evidence and material provided by
India on the Mumbai incident should be made part of the case.

"I told the court that the material provided by India
during recent visits by the Indian External Affairs Minister
and Home Minister as well as the information from the
interrogation of David Headley should be made part of the
proceedings so that we could present our arguments on those,"
Rajput told.

Sources said the judge observed that arguments should be
made on the basis of material and evidence that is already
before the court.

The judge ruled that the bail application would be taken
up along with the main case against the seven suspects on July

Today`s proceedings were conducted in the anti-terrorism
court in Rawalpindi.

Judge Awan is conducting the trial of the seven suspects
behind closed doors in the heavily-guarded Adiala Jail for
security reasons.

The trial is not open to the media.

Lakhvi, the LeT`s operations chief who has denied his
involvement in the Mumbai carnage, recently applied for bail
on the ground that the prosecution had been unable to produce
any solid evidence linking him to the Mumbai attacks that
killed 166 people in November 2008.

The seven suspects have been charged with training and
facilitating the 10 terrorists who carried out the assault on
India`s financial hub.

They have been booked under the Anti-Terrorism Act,
Pakistan Penal Code and a cyber crimes law.