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Lakhvi seeks exemption from court appearance

world Updated: May 06, 2015 01:11 IST
Imtiaz Ahmad
Imtiaz Ahmad
Hindustan Times
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The mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, who was released from jail in April, has requested an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) to exempt him from appearing in court citing threats to his life.

The court, which is scheduled to resume trial in the case on Wednesday, had issued notices seeking a reply to Lakhvi’s application on Monday.

Local media quoted a court official as saying that Lakhvi claimed in his application that a foreign intelligence agency and a section of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan may target him while going to or coming out of Adiala jail for hearing in the case.

Under the law, Lakhvi should attend the hearings otherwise his bail can be cancelled. Till his release by the court, Lakhvi was attending the Mumbai attack case trial from within the jail premises. Six other suspects were also attending the trial proceedings.

Advocate Raja Rizwan Abbasi, counsel for Lakhvi, said that while there was tight security within the jail premises, the same could not be said of its surrounding areas. Abbasi insisted that there were serious threats to the life of his client.

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