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Businessman jailed in Spain, family seeks help online

The family of Roshan Jamal Khan, the Indian national jailed in Spain over terror charges, has started blogging in a bid to garner support for his release. Khan has now spent over 1,000 days behind bars.

mumbai Updated: Nov 09, 2010 01:25 IST
HT Correspondent

The family of Roshan Jamal Khan, the Indian national jailed in Spain over terror charges, has started blogging in a bid to garner support for his release. Khan has now spent over 1,000 days behind bars.

Khan’s brother Mehboob, while releasing a photograph of Khan taken during the trial, told HT that the blog had received worldwide attention. “We have been receiving support from people from various countries including Spain and the United States of America,” Khan said, adding that people from at least 23 countries had pledged support to the cause of seeking release for Khan. “People from Europe and Asia have been supporting the cause,” he added.

Mehboob said the photograph, taken during trial, shows Khan sitting in front of the judges and listening to the proceedings. “It’s the first photograph of him since he was arrested and incarcerated,” Mehboob said.

The blog, http://roshan-jamal-khan.blogspot.com, was started a few months ago and the response has been tremendous, Mehboob said.

“There has been no support from the Indian government, so we thought of going online and seeking help from the people. I hope it will spur the government to act,” Mehboob added.

Roshan had gone on a business trip to Spain in January 2008 after starting an olive-trading business back home. He was detained from a mosque in Barcelona on January 19, 2008 on suspected terror charges.

He faced trial for “possession of explosives and collaboration with terrorists”.

In December 2009, he was convicted along with 10 Pakistani men by an anti-terrorism court in Spain for “belonging to a terrorist group” that planned to bomb the Barcelona Metro. Roshan was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in jail.