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Pakistan: Hafiz Saeed sentenced for 5 years in terror financing cases

Last month, Saeed had pleaded "not guilty" in two terror financing cases against him

Prime News, International, (Islamabad), February 12:-A Pakistan court on Wednesday convicted Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed for five years and 3 months in cases of terror financing.

Saeed is the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people.

The action came two days before the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) plenary in Paris that will decide on Pakistan’s blacklisting or greylisting.

Earlier on Tuesday, an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Lahore accepted Saeed’s plea to club all six terror financing cases against him and his aides. The ATC had indicted Saeed and others on December 11 in terror financing cases in a day-to-day hearing.

“The anti-terrorism court of Lahore accepted the plea of Saeed and his close aides seeking delay in the verdict in two concluded terror financing cases against them till the trial in other four such pending cases is complete,” said a court official on Tuesday after the hearing.

According to the petition, four other terror financing cases against Saeed, Zafar Iqbal, Yahya Aziz, Abdul Rehman Makki are pending before the same ATC. “As evidence has been in progress, the court may announce the verdict in six cases including the ones already concluded once the trial is completed,” it said.

Last month, Saeed had pleaded “not guilty” in two terror financing cases against him.

The Counter Terrorism Department had registered 23 FIRs against Saeed and his accomplices on the charges of terror financing in different cities of Punjab province and arrested him on July 17. He is held at the Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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