Mumbai assault mastermind and LeT commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi has been sentenced to 15 years in jail by a Pakistani courtroom within the terror-financing case. The transfer has come a day after Lakhvi was interrogated by Pakistan’s counter terrorism authorities in Punjab province, an official mentioned on Wednesday, 4 days after his arrest.
UN proscribed terrorist Lakhvi, 61, who was on bail since 2015 within the Mumbai assault case, was arrested by the Counter-Terrorism Division (CTD) of Punjab province on Saturday, amidst rising worldwide strain on Islamabad to carry to justice terrorists roaming free within the nation.
“Lakhvi was interrogated by the CTD Punjab in reference to terror financing and associated issues.”
“Lakhvi is accused of operating a dispensary, utilizing funds collected for terrorism financing. He and others additionally collected funds from this dispensary and used these funds for additional terrorism financing. He additionally used these funds for private bills,” the CTD mentioned.
Police or an every other regulation enforcement company normally presents a suspect earlier than the courtroom a day after his arrest to acquire his bodily remand for interrogation.
Lakhvi was designated as a world terrorist by the UN in December 2008 for being related to LeT and al-Qaeda and for “collaborating within the financing, planning, facilitating, getting ready or perpetrating of acts by, at the side of, underneath the title of, on behalf or in help of” each the entities.
Proscribed terrorists and entities are topic to an property freeze, whereby all states are required to freeze funds and different monetary property or financial sources of designated people and entities, a journey ban that stops the entry into or transit by nations’ territories by the designated people and an arms embargo.
Final month, the UN Safety Council’s 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee allowed for a month-to-month fee of Pakistani Rupee 1. 5 lakh for Lakhvi to fulfill his private bills.
The permission was granted 10 days earlier than his arrest. Lakhvi has named his son Hafizur Rehman and brother Saadat Bashir Waheed who would ship him Rs 90,000 and Rs 60,000 respectively in his checking account. He mentioned that his son and brother each have the financial institution accounts in the identical department.
The LeT, led by Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, is liable for finishing up the 2008 Mumbai assault that killed 166 individuals, together with six People.
The worldwide terror financing watchdog Monetary Motion Activity Power (FATF) is instrumental in pushing Pakistan to take measures in opposition to terrorists roaming freely in Pakistan and utilizing its territory to hold out assaults in India and elsewhere.
The Paris-based FATF 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 afterward as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. ATC Lahore had sentenced Saeed for a collective imprisonment of 36 years in terror finance circumstances. He has been in Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore since July 2019. There are studies that he’s given a ‘VIP protocol’ in jail.
The UN has named Saeed as a Specifically Designated International Terrorist, and the US, since 2012, has supplied a USD 10 million reward for info that brings Saeed to justice.
(With inputs from IANS)