Monday, April 22, 2024

26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed sentenced to 31 years of jail

An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Pakistan on Friday sentenced Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed to 31 years imprisonment in two cases while ordering the confiscation of all his assets.

According to the local media reports, Saeed was also fined a total of PKR 340,000 and a mosque and madrassa that he allegedly built will be taken over.

ATC judge Ejaz Ahmad Bhuttar handed down the jail term to Saeed in two FIRs – 21/2019 and 90/2019 registered by the Counter-Terrorism Department of Punjab Police, PTI quoted a court official as saying.

“In the 21/19 and 99/21, he was sentenced for 15.5 years and 16.5 years, respectively,” the official added.

The JuD chief was brought to the court from the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore where he has been imprisoned since 2019 under strict security.

Hafiz Saeed-led JuD is the front organisation for the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) which is responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attack that killed 166 people, including six Americans.

This is not the first time that Saeed has been sentenced by the anti-terrorism court in Pakistan.

Earlier in 2020, he was sentenced to 15 and a half years in jail in one of the several terror financing cases against him. Hafiz Saeed, an UN-designated terrorist on whom the US has placed a USD 10 million bounty, was arrested on July 17, 2019, in the terror financing cases.

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