Mumbai attacks case hearing adjourned till July 9
Lahore: In yet another delay in the 2008 Mumbai attacks case, the Anti-Terrorism Court conducting the trial of the seven accused adjourned the hearing today as prosecution lawyers and witnesses failed to appear.
In the May 28, June 4 and June 18 hearings of the case, the prosecution lawyers had not appeared in the ATC Rawalpindi reportedly due to security concerns.
Two private witnesses were summoned for today’s hearing but neither they nor the prosecution lawyers showed up, sources told.
The court then adjourned the hearing for July 9 without conducting any proceedings.
The prosecution led by Chaudhry Azhar in May 21 had filed an application in the trial court accusing Jammat-ud-Dawah activists of threatening them and the witnesses for pursuing the case.
“We and the witnesses have been receiving threats from the JuD activists who want us to stop pursuing the case,” the prosecution lawyers said in the application, urging the court to take notice of this.
The court is yet to take up the petition.
Lashkar-e-Taiba operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, Abdul Wajid, Mazhar Iqbal, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jameel Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Anjum have been charged with planning, financing and executing the attacks in India’s financial capital that killed 166 people in November 2008.
All the accused are jailed in Adiala prison of Rawalpindi, some 300 kilometres from Lahore.