A counter-terrorism court in Pakistan has sentenced one of the main perpetrators of the deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks to more than 15 years in prison in a terrorist financing case.
“A counter-terrorism court in Lahore earlier this month handed down more than 15 years in prison against Sajid Majeed Mir, a banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) activist, in a terrorist financing case,” an associate attorney said. to terrorism. funding cases of LeT and Jamaat-ud-Dawa leaders told PTI on Friday.
The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of the Punjab Police, which often convicts suspects in such cases to the media, did not notify Mir’s conviction in a terrorist financing case.
Moreover, as it was a closed-door procedure in prison, the media were not allowed.
The lawyer further said that convict Mir, who is in his 40s, has been held in Kot Lakhpat prison since his arrest in April. He said the court also imposed a fine of more than 400,000 rupees on the convict.
Previously it was assumed that Mir was dead.
Prior to the latest meeting of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), Pakistan reportedly told the agency that it had arrested and prosecuted Sajid Mir in order to secure his removal from the FATF’s “grey list”.
Sajid Mir, who has a $5 million bounty, is on India’s most wanted list for his role in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks that left 166 dead.
Mir has been called the “project manager” of the Mumbai attacks. Mir allegedly visited India in 2005 using a fake passport under a fake name.
The alleged mastermind of the Mumbai terror attacks and head of the JuD, Hafiz Saeed, has already been sentenced to 68 years in prison in terrorist financing cases by the Lahore ATC.
The sentence is running at the same time, which means he won’t have to spend many years in prison.
The commander of the Mumbai attack operation, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, is also sentenced to several years in prison. Saeed and Maki are also being held in Kot Lapkhapt prison in Lahore.
Saeed, a UN-designated terrorist on whom the United States placed a $10 million bounty, was arrested in July 2019 in the terrorist financing cases.
JuD, led by Saeed, is the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) front organization responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attack that also left six Americans dead.
The US Treasury Department has designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist.
The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global terrorist finance watchdog, is helping push Islamabad to take action against terrorists roaming freely in Pakistan and using its territory to carry out attacks in India.
The FATF had placed Pakistan on the gray list in June 2018 and asked Islamabad to implement an action plan to combat money laundering.
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