IAF Killing Case: Yasin Malik Seeks Personal Appearance Before The Trial Court

SRINAGAR: Already convicted for two lives, Kashmir separatist Yasin Malik has refused legal aid and sought permission to personal appearance in the hearing in a case related to the killing of four Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel. The incident is from the 1990s.

Malik, according to reports appearing in the media, while appearing in the hearing via video link, was offered legal aid, which he refused. Malik is in jail in Tihar and the court hearing the IAF case is in Jammu.

After he declined the offer, the court asked him to send his statement written to the court.

In the recent past, Malik was on hunger strike for 10 days seeking permission to personally appear before the trial court. He ended the strike after assurances. Malik has already been convicted in a terror funding case and a trial is going on against him in two cases – the Rubia Sayeed kidnapping case and the IAF personnel killing case. Rubiaya Sayeed recently appeared before the court and identified Malik as one of her kidnappers.

CBI counsel, Monika Kohli told media that the court made it clear to Malik that “there were clear directions from the high court for producing the accused in all cases through video conferencing”.

On January 25, 1990, IAF personnel killing case, the court already framed charges against Malik, Ali Mohammed Mir, Manzoor Ahmed Sofi alias Mustafa, Javed Ahmed Mir, Showkat Bakshi, Javed Ahmed Zargar and Nanaji in March 2020. The case was invested by CBI and the charge sheet was filed in August 1990. The CBI had found that in the shooting 40 persons including a lady, were injured. Of them, four IAF personnel were killed.

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