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Pak files evidence against 2611 suspects

Pakistani police on Tuesday submitted to an anti-terrorism court the "challan" with evidence against five Lashker-e-Taiba operatives arrested on suspicion of involvement in the Mumbai attacks.

world Updated: May 05, 2009 23:14 IST

Pakistani police on Tuesday submitted to an anti-terrorism court the "challan" with evidence against five Lashker-e-Taiba operatives arrested on suspicion of involvement in the Mumbai attacks.

The challan was submitted to anti-terror judge Sakhi Muhammad Kahut, who is hearing the case related to the five LeT operatives in the high-security Adiala Jail in the garrison city of Rawalpindi. The hearings are being conducted in-camera.

Shahbaz Rajput, the counsel for LeT operatives Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, Zarar Shah, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Abu al Qama and Shahid Jameel Riaz, said Justice Kahut had set May 12 as the next date of hearing for the case.

With the submission of the challan and evidence today, the charges against the five suspects are expected to be framed at the next hearing.

"They will be formally informed about the charges being brought against them and then the formal trial can get underway," Rajput told PTI.

Lakhvi, the operations commander of the LeT, was arrested during a raid by the army near Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, in December last year.

Authorities have framed charges against the five suspects under the Anti-Terrorism Act, Pakistan Penal Code and a cyber crimes law.

Security at the Adiala Jail has been tightened with the deployment of 300 additional personnel and installation of anti-aircraft guns following reports that militants could attempt a jailbreak to free Lakhvi and the other suspects.

Sayeed house arrest extended by 2 months

Also on Tuesday, A Pakistani court extended by two months the house arrest of Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed along with one of his close aides and set free two other leaders of the terrorist outfit detained in the wake of the Mumbai attacks.

The judicial review board of the Lahore High Court extended the detention of Saeed and Col (retd) Nazir Ahmed by 60 days. JuD leaders Amir Hamza and Mufti Abdur Rehman, detained for almost five months, were freed by the board.