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Mumbai attack case adjourned till August 29

Saturday, July 25, 2009 Leave a Comment

Anti Terrorism Court approving the in camera trial of suspected Mumbai attackers has adjourned the hearing till August 29

Judge Baqir Ali Rana of anti-terror court no 2, who is conducting the trial in the high-security Adiala Jail, put off the matter after hearing arguments by the prosecution and defence, sources said.

The suspects suspected mastermind Zaki Al Rehman Lakhvi, Zarar Shah, Abu Aqama, Shahid Jamil and Hamad Amin Sadiq were presented before the court.

Journalists are barred from covering the trial being conducted inside the prison for security reasons and specific details of today's proceedings were not immediately available.

However, sources said the counsel for the Federal Investigation Agency Malik Rab Nawaz Noon argued that the proceedings should be conducted in-camera in view of the sensitivity of the matter. The court approved the request.

The counsel for the five LeT operatives s Khawja Sultan Ahmed submitted petitions seeking copies of the First Information Reports and two chargesheets drawn up against the accused by the FIA.

One of the Defense council Sardar Tariq Masood avoiding talking to media said that the Judge has warned against talking to media before the decision on the two petitions. He said that all the arrested are Pakistani citizens and they were arrested from various cities.

The trial of the five LeT operatives is being held in Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi due to security reasons.

Earlier, Pakistan had filed a second and supplementary chargesheet against five LeT operatives, including its operations chief Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, before the anti-terror court.

The investigators from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), which probed the Mumbai attacks, submitted the chargesheet to the court, which stated that the five accused provided transport, accommodation, computer network, financial assistance and boats to the Mumbai attackers.