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Lawyers file plea seeking acquittal of 26/11 suspects

Lawyers defending seven suspects, including LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, in Mumbai attacks today filed an application in an anti-terror court in Pakistan seeking their acquittal on the ground that there is no probability of their being convicted.

world Updated: Dec 12, 2009 23:20 IST

Lawyers defending seven suspects, including LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, in Mumbai attacks on Saturday filed an application in an anti-terror court in Pakistan seeking their acquittal on the ground that there is no probability of their being convicted.

Anti-terror court Judge Malik Muhammad Akram Awan, who is conducting the trial within Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi, issued notice to the prosecution to respond to the application by the next hearing on December 19.

Khwaja Sultan, the lawyer for Lakhvi, told PTI: "We filed an application under Section 265-K of the Code of Criminal Procedure for acquittal of the accused. The court issued notice to the Special Public Prosecutor to respond to the application."

Section 265-K of the Code of Criminal Procedure allows a court to acquit an accused at any stage of the case "if, after hearing the prosecutor and the accused... It considers that there is not probability of the accused being convicted of any offence".

Legal experts said the prosecution will now have to respond to the application by convincing the anti-terror court that the seven accused can be convicted.

On November 25, the anti-terrorism court formally charged Mumbai attack mastermind Lakhvi and six other suspects - Zarar Shah, Abu al-Qama, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jamil Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Younas Anjum - with planning and helping execute the terror strikes on India's financial hub last year that killed 166 people.