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Indian held in Spain to be tried for carrying explosives, says govt

Roshan Jamal Khan, a Mumbai-based businessman detained in Spain under terror charges, will be facing trial for “possession of explosives and collaboration with terrorists”, reports Stavan Desai.

india Updated: Apr 25, 2008 02:58 IST
Stavan Desai

Roshan Jamal Khan, a Mumbai-based businessman detained in Spain under terror charges, will be facing trial for “possession of explosives and collaboration with terrorists”.

This was communicated by Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon to Bharatiya Janata Party leader LK Advani in a letter dated April 11.

The letter also said that officials at the Indian Embassy in Spain have met Khan thrice and have ensured his physical well-being. Menon’s letter was in response to a written enquiry by Advani on April 9 regarding Khan’s prolonged detention.

Fifty-year-old Khan, an olive trader from Jogeshwari, had gone to Spain on a business tour this January. The Spanish police picked him up from a mosque in Barcelona on January 19 on suspected terror charges.

For a month after his detention, Khan was allegedly not provided access to a lawyer, officials at the Indian Embassy or his brother-in-law in Barcelona.

Khan’s family expressed shock and angst at the development. Speaking to Hindustan Times, his younger brother Mehboob said: “Roshan has been asking for an interpreter for the last one-and-a-half months but has not been provided one. He has not been produced in court and the officials who speak to him do not understand our language. How is he to face trial like this and why did the government not tell us about these charges earlier?”