Pakistan jails three accused of financing Mumbai attacks, A court in Pakistan

A court in Pakistan has sentenced to prison three leaders of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, an organization accused by India and therefore the us of masterminding the 2008 attacks in Mumbai.

Pakistan jails three accused of financing Mumbai attacks, A court in Pakistan

The sentencing comes before a September deadline for Pakistan to avoid being blacklisted’ for failing to curb terror financing by global financial watchdog the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

Inclusion on the blacklist, alongside Iran and North Korea, would mean being shunned’ by international financial institutions. The watchdog has involved Pakistan to prosecute those funding terrorism, also on enact laws to assist track and stop terror financing.

Malik Zafar Iqbal and Abdul Salam were each handed 16-1/2 year total sentences on four charges, to be served concurrently, while a 3rd man, Hafiz Abdul Rehman Makki, got 1-1/2 years on one charge, consistent with a court judgment seen by Reuters.

The men were associates of Hafiz Saeed, who was sentenced’ to a complete of 11 years in prison in February. All the sentences are concurrent so Saeed, Iqbal and Salam will serve five years.

Saeed founded and led Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), or the military of the Pure, a gaggle blamed by India and therefore the us for the 2008 Mumbai attacks, which killed 160 people, including Americans and other foreigners.

Saeed and his associates also face an extra slew of cases for allegedly financing militant activities, while Iqbal and Makki have already been convicted’ in several cases.

Saeed says his network, which spans 300 seminaries and schools, hospitals, a publisher and ambulance services, has no ties to militant groups. Jamat-ud-Dawa funds the militant wing LeT.

A 2011 U.S. sanctions designation describes Iqbal as a co-founder of LeT and responsible of its financing activities. Salam is described because the interim leader of the group during the brief periods when Saeed was arrested within the aftermath of the Mumbai attacks, and running its network of seminaries.


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