Pak court seeks info on execution of arrest warrant for Kasab
A Pakistani anti-terrorism court hearing the Mumbai attacks case involving LeT's Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and six other suspects today sought information from the government on the execution of arrest warrants for Ajmal Kasab and Fahim Ansari.world Updated: Jun 05, 2010 16:23 IST
A Pakistani anti-terrorism court hearing the Mumbai attacks case involving LeT's Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and six other suspects on Saturday sought information from the government on the execution of arrest warrants for Ajmal Kasab and Fahim Ansari.
Judge Malik Muhammad Akram Awan of the Rawalpindi-based anti-terrorism court heard arguments by prosecution and defence lawyers on making Kasab, a Pakistani national sentenced to death by an Indian court for his role in the attacks, and Ansari, who was acquitted, part of the proceedings in Pakistan.
The prosecution and defence lawyers have filed separate petitions with regard to making Ansari and Kasab part of the proceedings in the trial being conducted within Adiala Jail for security reasons.
Arrest warrants for the two men issued by Judge Awan were recently handed over to the Indian government by Pakistan.
The defence lawyers told the judge that proceedings to bring the two men to Pakistan should be dropped on the principle of double jeopardy as an Indian court had already convicted Kasab and acquitted Ansari.
The prosecution argued that the presence of Kasab and Ansari was needed for the trial of the seven suspects, including Lashker-e-Taiba operations commander Lakhvi.
The prosecution also said action should be taken in this regard under Sections 87 and 88 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, which relate to persons declared absconders.
"After hearing the arguments by both sides, the judge adjourned the proceedings till June 12 without making any decision," said Shahbaz Rajput, one of the defence lawyers.
Special Public Prosecutor Malik Rab Nawaz Noon said that the judge sought information from the government on action being taken to execute the arrest warrants issued by the court for Kasab and Ansari.
The judge said a reply detailing the progress made in executing the warrants should be submitted at the next hearing, Noon said.