Hafiz Saeed Gets 31 Years In Jail By Pak Court

SRINAGAR:  An anti-terrorism court awarded a combined sentence of 33 years imprisonment to banned Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed on Friday in two cases of terror financing.

According to reports, Judge Ejaz Ahmad Buttar handed down the guilty verdict in two FIRs from 2019 under various sections of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) of 1997.

In one of the cases, the judge awarded five-year impri­sonment each under sections 11-H (2), 11-I, 11-J(2), and 18 months jail under section 11-F(2) of the ATA.

In the other case, the judge awarded a five-year sentence each under sections 11-N, 11-I, 11-J(2) and an 18-month jail term under section 11-F(6) of the ATA.

The judge imposed a collective fine of Rs340,000 on Hafiz Saeed in both cases.

All the sentences will run concurrently.

Judge Ejaz Buttar observed that the prosecution had established the charges of terror financing against the banned Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) Chief and his role in collecting funds for terrorist activities.

“The evidence presented by the prosecution against Hafiz Saeed was tangible and convincing.”

Hafiz Saeed along with many persons are already under detention since July 2019. They had been convicted on the basis of FIRs registered by the CTD on charges of terror fin­a­ncing. Trial proceedings in several others are pending.

Saeed-led JuD is the front organisation for the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) which India blames for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attack that killed 166 people, including six Americans.

The US Department of the Treasury has designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist.

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