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Pakistan court adjourns 26/11 trial again

By Rezaul H Laskar
September 26, 2009 14:40 IST
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A Pakistani anti-terrorism court hearing the case against seven suspects, including Lashkar-e-Tayiba operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, who were arrested for their involvement in the Mumbai attacks, was on Saturday postponed till October 3 as the judge conducting the trial was on leave.

Judge Baqir Ali Rana of the anti-terrorism court No 2 is conducting the trial of the seven suspects within high-security Adiala Jail in the garrison city of Rawalpindi due to security reasons.

No proceedings were held today as the judge was on leave, official sources said. The court authorities set October 3 as the date for the next hearing, sources said. Significantly, Interior Minister Rehman Malik had said recently that the suspects would be formally indicted at today's hearing.

The Federal Investigation Agency, which conducted the probe into Pakistani links to the terror attack on Mumbai, has already submitted chargesheets against all the accused.

Five LeT operatives including Lakhvi, communications expert Zarar Shah, Abu al-Qama, Hamad Amin Sadiq and Shahid Jamil Riaz are being tried by the anti-terrorism court.

They have been accused of providing training, financial support, accommodation, equipment and communications gear to the ten terrorists who attacked Mumbai last year. No details are available of the charges against the two other suspects, Jamil Ahmed and Younas Anjum.

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Rezaul H Laskar in Islamabad
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