Acquittal of Danish embassy attack accused challenged in Pak
Last Updated: Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 16:11
Islamabad: Pakistani prosecutors have appealed against the acquittal of three men accused of involvement in a suicide car bomb attack on the Danish embassy two years ago that killed eight persons.

The appeal was filed in a bench of the Lahore High Court in the garrison city of Rawalpindi yesterday.

An anti-terrorism court had on September 25 acquitted Qari Ilyas, Muhammad Usman and Shakir Ali due to lack of evidence against them.

The suicide attack outside the Danish embassy in June 2008 was carried out in the wake of the publication of blasphemous caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed in Danish newspapers.

The blast also injured over 20 people and damaged the residences of the Indian and Dutch ambassadors.

Numerous suspects in suicide attacks and terrorist bombings have been acquitted by anti-terrorism courts due to the lack of evidence.

In the case related to the suicide attack on the Danish embassy, the prosecution two witnesses who testified that they saw suspects Qari Ilyas and Shamsul Haq signalling the attacker towards the target.

Al-Qaeda had claimed responsibility for the attack.


First Published: Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 16:11

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