Lankan team attack: Pak court cancels bail of prime suspect

Updated: Oct 03, 2013, 14:38 PM IST

Lahore: The bail of the prime suspect, involved in the attack on Sri Lankan cricket team here in 2009, has been cancelled by a Pakistani court, overturning a provincial review board`s decision to free him.

Zubair alias Naik Muhammad was named as the prime suspect in a terrorist attack at Liberty Chowk near Gadhafi Stadium in March 2009.

The Sri Lankan cricket team attack occurred when a bus carrying Sri Lankan cricketers, part of a larger convoy, was fired at with AK-47 rifles, rockets and hand grenades by 12 gunmen, near Liberty Square, Lahore.

At least seven people, including security personnel, were killed and some Sri Lankan cricketers were injured in the attack.

The move to cancel Zubair`s bail came a day after a provincial review board of the Lahore High Court ordered his release.

After the review board`s decision the Punjab government yesterday filed an appeal in the Lahore High Court seeking cancellation of his bail granted by the trial court.

The government`s counsel argued that the accused had a key role in the attack on the cricket team and police arrested him with the help of CCTV footages.

The divisional bench headed by Justice Shahid Hamid Dar admitted the government`s plea for regular hearing.

The judge cancelled his bail and directed the police official concerned to produce the accused before it on October 10.

Baitullah Mehseud of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan had claimed the responsibility of the attack.