Acquittal of Danish embassy attack accused challenged in Pak
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
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.
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