Hafiz Saeed to face trial on terror financing charges

Last Updated: Dec 02 2019 13:48
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On Saturday, news agency PTI reported that chief of the banned terror group Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks Hafiz Saeed will be prosecuted on terror financing charges by an anti-terrorism court in Lahore next month.

An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Lahore held a hearing against Saeed and his accomplices on terror financing on Saturday. The court fixed December 7 as the date for the indictment of the JuD chief and others.

“ATC judge Arshad Hussain Bhutta fixed December 7 for Saeed’s indictment after hearing the arguments of prosecution and defence lawyers,” a court official said after the hearing.

“The judge said he has to conclude the trial on evidence and merit,” the official said, adding that the court adjourned the proceedings till December 7.

“These suspects made assets from terrorism financing funds. They held and used these assets to raise more funds for more terror financing. Hence, they committed multiple offences of terrorism financing & money laundering under the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997. They will be prosecuted in ATCs (Anti Terrorism Courts) for the commission of these offences,” the CTD said.