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Interpol issues notice against 26/11 mastermind, LeT chief

Source: PTI
August 26, 2009 00:19 IST
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The Interpol has issued Red Corner Notices against Lashkar-e-Tayiba founder chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and mastermind of Mumbai terror strike Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi.

The Red Corner notice was issued against 59-year-old Saeed and Lakhvi (48) after a Mumbai court issued a non-bailable warrant against the two for their role in the November 26, 2008, attacks in the financial hub.

India had also sent proof and request for issuing a similar warrant against Lashkar commander Zarar Shah and Abu Al Qama, to which the Interpol has said that it was analysing the evidence against them.

Red Corner Notices were issued after the Central Bureau of Investigation approached the international agency for the same with non-bailable warrants issued by a trial court against Pakistan-based Saeed and Lakhvi, which became the basis for seeking the RCN from the Interpol.

Non-bailable warrants were issued by a Mumbai Court on June 23 against Saeed and 22 others, including Lakhvi and suspected military official Col R Saadat Ullah for allegedly hatching a conspiracy to carry out the Mumbai terror attack last November.

Special Judge M L Tahaliyani had issued the warrants asking the Mumbai Police Commissioner and the CBI director to execute them through the Interpol and produce the absconders before the court soon.

Saeed had allegedly provided training to terrorists between 2007 and 2008-end at Muridke (LeT headquarters), Manshera, Muzzafarabad, Azizabad, Paanch Teni in Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

In December last year, UN Security Council had imposed sanctions on Jamaat-ud-Dawa, front organisation of banned LeT, declaring it a terrorist outfit and labeled Saeed and Lakhvi as terrorists.

The Council had asked all member-countries to freeze their assets and imposed travel ban and arms embargo against them.

The decision was taken by the Council's sanctions committee on Al-Qaeda and Taliban, which put JuD and the four individuals on the consolidated list of persons and entities connected with the Al-Qaeda and Taliban.

Besides Saeed and Lakhvi, two other top leaders of LeT -- Haji Muhammad Ashraf and Zaki-ur-Bahaziq -- have also been declared as terrorists by UNSC.

India had sought a ban on JuD after LeT was blamed for the terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

The United States had sought a ban on Lakhvi, operations leader of LeT, who is suspected to have planned the Mumbai attacks, Ashraf, a JuD financier, and Bahaziq, an India-born Saudi national who was suspected of collecting funds for the banned organisations in Saudi Arabia.

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