US consulate attack trial adjourned

Karachi, Sept 09: The trial of three islamic militants charged over June's deadly car-bomb attack outside the US Consulate here was today adjourned for the fourth time in a fortnight, because the prosecution needs to be replaced.

Karachi, Sept 09: The trial of three islamic
militants charged over June's deadly car-bomb attack outside
the US Consulate here was today adjourned for the fourth time
in a fortnight, because the prosecution needs to be replaced.

Current chief prosecutor Feroze Mahmood Bhatti told
reporters the home (interior) Ministry of Sindh province was
likely to bring in the province's advocate-general raja
Qureshi to lead a new team.

"I have learnt a proposal has been moved by law
department to the Sindh government to replace the present team
with a new one and that the advocate-general should lead it,"
he said.

Mohammad Imran Bhai, Hanif Ayub and Mohammad Ashraf, are
charged with murder, attempted murder, terrorism and abetment
in the June 14 suicide attack which killed 12 Pakistanis
including the suicide bomber.

They face the death penalty if they are found guilty.

Police say the three belong to the banned Harkatul
Mujhedin al Alaami extremist organisation -- an offshoot of
the Harkatul Mujahedin network.

All three have denied the charges.

Bureau Report

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