Hafiz Saeed: Pakistani court adjourned trial against Hafiz Saeed in terror funding cases indefinitely after coronavirus | Instant News

LAHORE: Anti-terrorism court at Pakistan has postponed indefinitely the trial against Mumbai terror attack the mastermind and the head of Jamat-ud-Dawah Hafiz Saeed in four cases of terror funding after coronavirus plague in this country.

Saeed, a UN-designated terrorist who placed US $ 10 million in prizes, was sentenced to 11 years in prison in two terror financing cases in February. The 70-year-old fiery cleric was arrested on July 17 and is being held in the Kot Lakhpat prison with high security here.

“The Lahore anti-terrorism court has not held hearings in four cases of terror financing against Hafiz Saeed and other JD leaders over the past month due to COVID-19,” a court official said on Wednesday.

He said the court had postponed the trial indefinitely.

“It is very likely that the process in these cases can continue after the coronavirus problem is resolved,” he said, referring to the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed 113 people and infected more than 6,200 others in the country.

The Pakistani government on Tuesday extended ongoing lockouts due to a virus outbreak until the end of this month.

Saeed underwent angioplasty at a hospital here last month after he complained of chest pain

That Anti-Terrorism Department (CTD) Punjab police have registered 23 FIRs against Saeed and his accomplices on terror financing charges in various cities in the province.

SaD-led JuD is the front organization for LeT which was responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people, including six Americans.

The US named Saeed as Designated Global Terrorists, and the US, since 2012, has offered a $ 10 million prize for information that brought Saeed to justice. He was listed as a terrorist under UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008.

In February, the Lahore anti-terrorism court sentenced Saeed and his close assistant Zafar Iqbal to five and a half years each and imposed a fine of Rs 15,000 in each case. A total of 11 years’ sentence will go hand in hand.

The US welcomed Saeed’s beliefs and described it as an “important step forward” for Pakistan in fulfilling its international commitments to fight terror financing and not allowing non-state actors to operate from its land.

The crackdown on Saeed’s clothes last year followed a warning by international terror funding watchdogs to Pakistan to fulfill its commitment to curb terror funding and money laundering.


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