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Execution may affect trial against Lakhvi in 26/11 case: experts

world Updated: Nov 22, 2012 23:09 IST
Imtiaz Ahmed

26/11 militant Ajmal Kasab's hanging may affect the in-camera trial against mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and his co-accused at the anti-terror court in Adiala Jail, Rawalpindi, say legal experts.

Stating that this has increased the chances of the seven imprisoned accused getting the benefit of doubt, an official said, "It is mandatory as per legal requirement that the accused corroborate the evidence presented. This cannot happen now and the court, if not pressurised by the Pakistan government, may let the suspects off the hook."

Meanwhile, a local daily reported on Thursday that in addition to the seven accused, including Lakhvi, Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has identified as many as 20 others who allegedly planned and executed the Mumbai attacks.

According to the report, the FIA has now gathered the photographs of the all the 20 terror suspects, involved directly or indirectly in the Mumbai terror attacks, besides other important information.

These suspects had allegedly provided logistical and monetary support to the 10 gunmen who attacked Mumbai.

During the probe, it was revealed that the suspects visited Muzaffarabad in Azad Kashmir and Chahcho in Sindh to get trained at various centres of the LeT.

The FIA report stated that the planners watched the incidents of 26/11 unfold live from a rented house in Karachi.