26/11 trial: Mobile phones used by terrorists were from China

26/11 trial: Mobile phones used by terrorists were from China

The witness, Enforcement Manager of Nokia in the US, whose name has been withheld, deposed through video conference from the FBI office in USA.

Five Nokia mobile phones were recovered by the Mumbai police from the nine slain terrorists and FBI's help was sought to determine from where they have procured.
She is the third witness to talk about Pakistan link in the case. Earlier, a forensic expert of FBI had told the court the terrorist had used GPS to arrive from Karachi to Mumbai by sea route.

Another witness belonging to Yamaha company had said the terrorists had used his company's outboard engine in their dingy to arrive from Pakistan at Mumbai port.
"I believe these phones were shipped from China to Pakistan," the witness today told special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam.

On asked as to how she was able to identify the phones, the witness said it was through Internation Mobile Equipment Identification (IMEI) number.

"It is a unique identification number alloted to each mobile phone manufactured by Nokia," the witness said.

When the witness was shown a letter written by her to FBI in this regard on February 12 this year, she identified saying it was issued under her signature.

Asked where she got information about these phones, the witness said she got it from her company's database, which is being maintained in regular course of business.
To a query of Judge M L Tahilyani, the witness said the database can be accessed by any Nokia office in the world if they have the password given by the company.

Prime accused Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab was listening to the deposition attentively and smiled at the mention of the name Pakistan by the witness.

The witness told defence lawyer Abbas Kazmi that she was authorised to depose on behalf of Nokia but she was not carrying any authorisation letter.

Asked to identify herself she flashed her identity card of Nokia company. "Except for this I-card I have no other documentary proof to show that I am an authorised representative of Nokia."

The witness denied Abbas's suggestion that she was not an authorised representative of Nokia and was deposing falsely at the instance of FBI.

The FBI had earlier informed Mumbai police that the mobile phones were shipped to Nokia dealers "United Mobile" and "Twelve Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd" in Pakistan.

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