The Supreme Court of Spain reduced the sentence of Roshan Jamal Khan, the Indian national jailed in Spain over terror charges, from eight and a half years to six years.
However, his family in India is not happy because the sentence of those who were arrested along with him and were jailed for 14 years and six months was also reduced.
Khan’s brother Mehboob, told HT that the hearing for appeal took place on December 15, 2010.
“It hardly lasted two hours,” Mehboob said while adding the judgement running into 123 pages was out on January 12. “It was all a charade. Our lawyer hinted that this may happen and said that political pressure may influence the judgement,” Mehboob said.
Mehboob said even though the terror charges were dropped the conviction was upheld. “ We just cannot understand the reason for this conviction,” Mehboob said.
Roshan had gone on a business tour to Spain in January 2008 after starting an olive-trading business in India and 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 jail for eight and a half years.
Roshan’s family maintained he had gone to the mosque to attend a prayer session. He had been in Spain only for a few weeks as he was on a business tour to source olives to be sold back home.
Mehboob said despite the lack of support from the Indian government, the family has not lost hope and will continue to fight for Khan’s release.