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Trial of 26/11 suspects resumes in Pak

world Updated: Jul 18, 2009 23:12 IST

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The trial of five LeT operatives accused of involvement in the Mumbai attacks, including its operations chief Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, resumed on Saturday at a Pakistani anti-terror court after a gap of nearly two months, but it was not clear whether the suspects had been formally indicted.

The trial resumed in the high-security Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi after appointment of a new judge, Baqir Ali Rana, for anti-terror court number 2 in the garrison city to hear the matter. Justice Rana adjourned the case till July 25 after Saturday's hearing.

It was not immediately clear if the accused - Lakhvi, Zarar Shah, Abu al Qama, Shahid Jamil Riaz and Hamad Amin
Sadiq - had been formally indicted as the hearing was held in-camera.

Shahbaz Rajput, the counsel for the accused, told PTI that today's proceedings were a 'pre-trial hearing'.

A new dossier on the Mumbai terror attacks handed over by Pakistan to India last week states that the LeT was
responsible for the assault. It also states that Lakhvi was the mastermind of the attacks.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik said last week that the trial of the five LeT operatives could now get underway as
Pakistani investigators had completed their probe.

There had been no movement in the case since May 23 as Judge Sakhi Muhammad Kahut, who was earlier hearing the case, was removed as part of judicial reforms.