A Pakistani father-son duo in Italy, who managed a money transfer agency that was allegedly used to finance the November 26, 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, was arrested on Saturday in the northern Italian city of Brescia.
A government official in New Delhi, who did not want to be named, said that Mohammad Yaqub Janjua and his son Aamer Yaqub — both Pakistani nationals — were wanted in India for making payments for the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) account used by the 10 attackers. They were on the list of people wanted by the Mumbai Police and had Interpol red corner notices issued against them.
The day before the attacks, they transferred money to
activate the VoIP account, Stefano Fonzi, head of the anti-terror police in Brescia, was quoted as saying by AP.
Italian police began an investigation last December after being alerted by the FBI that the money had been sent from Italy, Fonzi said. He added that the funds were transferred under the identity of another Pakistani who never visited Italy and wasn’t involved in the alleged crimes.
Mohammad and Yaqub have been untraceable since November last, and were declared absconders. “By the time an alert was sounded for them, they were reported to have gone back to Pakistan… It seems they got overconfident and returned to Italy,” the official said.
The official said India would decide on whether to seek their extradition after Italy sends a complete report. “If he isn’t wanted for terrorist links in Italy, it shouldn’t be a problem.”