Second conviction for JuD chief from Pakistan’s anti-terrorism court docket.
Mumbai terror assault mastermind and Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed was on Thursday sentenced to 10 years in jail by an anti-terrorism court docket in Pakistan in two extra terror financing instances.
Saeed, a UN-designated terrorist on whom the U.S. has positioned a $10 million bounty, was arrested on July 17 final 12 months within the terror financing instances. He was sentenced to 11 years in jail by an anti-terrorism court docket in February this 12 months in two terror financing instances.
The 70-year-old JuD chief is presently lodged at Lahore’s high-security Kot Lakhpat jail.
“The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) of Lahore on Thursday sentenced four JuD leaders, including its chief Hafiz Saeed, in two more cases,” a court docket official mentioned.
Saeed and his two shut aides — Zafar Iqbal and Yahya Mujahid — have been sentenced to 10 and a half years every, whereas JuD chief’s brother-in-law Abdul Rehman Makki was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment.
“Judge Arshad Hussain Bhutta of ATC Court No. 1 heard the case filed by the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) in which the verdict has been announced after the statements of witnesses were cross-examined,” the official mentioned.
A complete of 41 instances have been registered by the CTD towards the JuD leaders, of which 24 have been determined whereas the remainder are pending within the ATC courts. Four instances have been determined towards Saeed up to now.
Thursday’s sentencing comes weeks after the Paris-based international cash laundering and terrorist financing watchdog — the Financial Action Task Force — retained Pakistan on its gray record until February 2021 as Islamabad did not fulfil the company’s six key obligations, together with failure to take motion towards two of India’s most wished terrorists — Saeed and Maulana Masood Azhar.
Saeed-led JuD is the entrance organisation for the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) which is chargeable for finishing up the 2008 Mumbai assault that killed 166 individuals, together with six Americans.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury has designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist. He was listed underneath the UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008.
The FATF had positioned Pakistan on the gray record in June 2018 and requested Islamabad to implement a plan of motion to curb cash laundering and terror financing by the tip of 2019 however the deadline was prolonged in a while on account of COVID-19 pandemic.
With Pakistan’s continuation within the ‘grey list’, the nation could discover it troublesome to get monetary assist from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the European Union, thus additional enhancing issues for the cash-strapped nation.