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Pakistan court adjourns Mumbai case trial till Sept 19

world Updated: Sep 05, 2009 19:41 IST

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The Pakistani anti-terrorism court conducting in-camera trial of seven accused in the Mumbai attacks case, including LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, on Saturday adjourned the hearing till September 19 and remanded a recently arrested suspect to judicial custody.

No details of the proceedings were available due to a strict media blackout imposed by Judge Baqir Ali Rana, who is conducting the trial inside the high-security Adiala Jail in the garrison city of Rawalpindi due to security reasons.

The hearings are being conducted in-camera and Rana has ordered a media blackout, citing national security concerns as well as the security of the accused and witnesses.

Sources said that the judge adjourned the case till September 19 following today's proceedings.

It is not clear whether the seven accused have been formally indicted as yet. Lawyers representing the accused said they had been directed by the court to strictly adhere to the gag order and not to discuss the proceedings with the media.

Express 24/7 channel reported that Younas Anjum, the most recently arrested suspect, was remanded to judicial custody in Adiala Jail after the end of his remand period with the Federal Investigation Agency.

The court also declared eight suspects as proclaimed offenders or fugitives, the channel reported without giving details.