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Kasab’s lawyer says sorry in court
Mumbai, Nov 27 (IANS):
Published on 27 Nov. 2009 11:10 PM IST
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Mumbai lawyer S.G. Abbas Kazmi, who was found guilty of having ‘lied’ before the Special Court trying the case of Pakistani national Ajmal Amir Kasab, tendered an unconditional apology Friday afternoon. However, he requested Special Judge M. L. Tahaliyani to consider removing the words pertaining to the ‘lies’ from his order. The special judge promised to expunge those remarks from the records. The matter was settled amicably after Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam had a private meeting with Kazmi, who was appointed by the court to represent the 26/11 accused, soon after the day’s proceedings started. Nikam’s move was prompted by Kazmi’s announcement that he was prepared to withdraw from the case in view of Wednesday’s developments. At this, Nikam requested the permission of the special judge to speak with Kazmi for some time before a final decision. After 30 minutes, the two lawyers returned and said the issue was resolved to the satisfaction of both parties. On Thursday, the first anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, there were dramatic scenes when the special court found Kazmi guilty of telling a ‘lie’ and threatened to remove him from the trial of the Pakistani terrorist -- Kasab was the only terrorist caught alive in the 26/11 attacks. The issue rocked the court when Nikam expressed his intention to file an affidavit seeking permission to examine another 340 formal witnesses in the terror attacks trial. These would be in addition to the 271 witnesses examined by Nikam in the last eight months of trial. At this, Kazmi got up and claimed he was not informed of this development. Nikam pointed out that not only had he expressed his intention to examine the formal witnesses through affidavit right at the early stages of the trial in May, but on Nov 17 (2009), had even sent all the copies of the 340 affidavits to the defence lawyer. Accepting his contention, Tahaliyani termed Kazmi’s denial as “a crystal clear lie” and said that all this had happened in the open court in the presence of the defence lawyer. “How can you now deny it?” Tahaliyani demanded of Kazmi. The defence lawyer said that he was not aware that the prosecution would be examining these 340 witnesses through affidavits. Special Judge Tahaliyani then warned that if the defence lawyer continued with such an attitude, the court would have to consider whether he should be allowed to continue in the case or not. Pak nabbed Mumbai suspects just to ‘please’ India: Saeed Islamabad, Nov 27 (PTI): LeT operations chief Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and six others, being tried in an anti-terror court for involvement in Mumbai attacks, were arrested by the Pakistani authorities with the “sole purpose of pleasing” India, JuD chief Hafiz Mohd Saeed has claimed. “The truth is that the (Pakistan) government arrested various leaders who endorse ‘jehad’ in Kashmir and did so for the sole purpose of pleasing India. These leaders are now enduring in-camera hearings in (an) anti-terrorism court...,” he alleged in a letter written on the first anniversary of the 26/11 attacks to TV anchor Hamid Mir who has often espoused support for groups like JuD. Lakhvi and six others were indicted by the anti- terror court in Rawalpindi for their role in planning and helping execute the attacks. All the accused have pleaded not guilty. Saeed further said: “My real ‘crime’ is that I vociferously and comprehensively highlight the Kashmir issue. Kashmir is Pakistan’s jugular vein and we can never close our eyes to it.” Though India and the US had succeeded in getting the UN Security Council to impose restrictions on JuD, the group has submitted a “formal request for de-listing in accordance with the rules of the UNSC,” Saeed claimed. He said the UNSC and the EU had “contacted us for further clarifications. Our case is still pending at the UNSC.”

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