A Pakistani anti-terrorism court on Thursday sentenced five top four leaders of the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and close leaders of Hafiz Saeed, mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, in a terror-financing case.
Hafiz Abdul Rahman Makki, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Yaha Aziz and Abdul Salam were charged on 9 June.
Iqbal and Aziz were sentenced to five years while Makki and Salaam were sentenced to one year each.
Makki is the brother-in-law of Saeed, founder and JuD chief of Lashkar-e-Taiba.
“Anti-terrorism court Lahore sentenced JuD and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) leaders – Malik Zafar Iqbal and Yahya Aziz, Abdul Rahman Makki and Abdus Salam to finance terrorism after conviction on 9 June.” A spokesman for the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) said in a statement.
The ATC also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on the four convicts, in which they had to spend six months in jail.
The four suspects have been convicted under the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997.
The CTD stated, “The court found the leaders of JuD / LeT guilty for financing terrorism. They were collecting money and the illegally funded organization LeT. The property was collected from funds collected through the financing of terrorism. Has also ordered forfeiture, ”the CTD said. .
All four convicts pleaded not to be “guilty” and opted for adjudication.
The court announced the verdict after presenting prosecution witnesses and related evidence against them.
The three criminals Iqbal, Aziz and Salam are also UN nominees involved in financing terrorism.
“His sentence will play a major role in the investigation into the financing of terrorism in Pakistan,” the CTD said.
Saeed, a UN-designated terrorist who has been given a US $ 10 million bounty, was arrested on July 17, 2019 and lodged in the high-security Kot Lakhpat Jail here.
Saeed-led JuD is the frontrunner for the Lashkar-e-Taiba, responsible for the 2008 Mumbai attack that killed 166 people, including six Americans.
The US has named Saeed as a specially designated global terrorist, and since 2012, the US has given a reward of US $ 10 million for information providing justice to Saeed. He was listed as a terrorist in December 2008 under UN Security Council Resolution 1267.
In February, an anti-terrorism court in Lahore sentenced Saeed and his close aide Zafar Iqbal to five-and-a-half years and imposed a fine of Rs 15,000 in each case.
A total sentence of 11 years will run concurrently.
Pakistan was warned by the International Terrorism Financing Watchman after a crackdown in Saeed’s organization last year to fulfill its commitments to stop terror funding and money laundering.
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