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Pakistan courtroom sentences 26/11 mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi to 15 years in jail in terror financing case – World News , Firstpost

Lakhvi, who was on bail since 2015 within the 26/11 assault case, was arrested by the counter-terrorism division of Punjab province on Saturday

File picture of Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi. PTI

Lahore: Mumbai assault mastermind and Lashkar-e-Taiba operations commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi was sentenced to 15 years in jail on Friday by a Pakistani anti-terrorism courtroom right here in a terror financing case.

UN-proscribed terrorist Lakhvi, 61, who was on bail since 2015 within the Mumbai assault case, was arrested by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab province on Saturday.

“The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Lahore convicted Lakhvi for commission of offences of terrorism financing in a case registered by the CTD for 15 years under different sections of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997,” a courtroom official instructed PTI after the listening to.

Judge Ejaz Ahmad Buttar sentenced Lakhvi to 5 years of rigorous imprisonment every on three counts with a fantastic of PKR 100,000 (roughly $620) every on three counts.

“In default of cost of fantastic, he should bear an imprisonment of six months every on three counts. He has been despatched to jail to serve the sentences, the official mentioned.

Lakhvi pleaded earlier than the courtroom that he was falsely implicated on this case. The LeT commander was accused of working a dispensary and 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.

Interestingly, Lakhvi was offered earlier than the Lahore ATC on Friday and was convicted the identical day within the terror financing case registered in opposition to him a while in the past.

The courtroom was instructed that Lakhvi, a resident of Renal Khurd Okara district of Punjab, was dwelling in Islamabad earlier than his arrest on this case.

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, making ready or perpetrating of acts by, along with, underneath the identify of, on behalf or in assist 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 forestalls the entry into or transit by means of nations’ territories by the designated people and an arms embargo.

Last month, the UN Security Council’s 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee allowed for a month-to-month cost 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 PKR 90,000 and PKR 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 chargeable for finishing up the 2008 Mumbai assault that killed 166 individuals, together with six Americans.

The world terror financing watchdog Financial Action Task Force (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 Grey List 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 resulting from COVID-19 pandemic.

ATC Lahore had sentenced Saeed for a collective imprisonment of 36 years in terror finance instances.

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 Specially Designated Global Terrorist, and the US, since 2012, has supplied a USD 10 million reward for info that brings Saeed to justice.

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