Pakistani court records evidence against Mumbai attack suspects

The government’s team of prosecutors presented evidence against the accused in the anti-terrorism court of Judge Malik Muhammad Akram Awan in Rawalpindi, sources said.
The details and nature of the evidence could not immediately be ascertained.

The court also recorded the testimony of a witness named Zaheer Ahmed Sapra, who said he had booked a Yamaha engine that powered an inflatable dinghy which was used by the attackers.

Sapra said he had only booked the engine and did not personally know the accused. “Following the presentation of evidence, the judge adjourned the matter till February 13,” Shahbaz Rajput, a lawyer for some of the accused, said.

The defence lawyers had boycotted the last hearing on January 23 to protest the failure of the authorities to provide them security and facilities for meeting their clients at Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail in line with an order of the Lahore High Court.  Judge Awan is conducting the trial in Adiala Jail for security reasons.

The seven accused – Lakhvi, Zarar Shah, Abu al-Qama, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jamil Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Younas Anjum – are also being held in Adiala Jail.

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