Sajid Majeed Mir, one among India’s most needed terrorists on whom the US has positioned a bounty of USD 5 million for his position within the 26/11 Mumbai terror assaults, has been jailed for over 15 years in a terror-financing case by an anti-terrorism court docket in Pakistan, which is struggling to exit the gray checklist of the FATF.
The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of the Punjab Police, which regularly points convictions of the suspects in such circumstances to the media, didn’t notify Mir’s conviction.
His sentencing comes as Islamabad prepares for on website go to by the officers from the worldwide terror financing watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to confirm the implementation of Pakistan’s related anti-money laundering and terrorism-financing reforms.
“An anti-terrorism court in Lahore early this month had handed down 15 and a half years jail term to Sajid Majeed Mir, an activist of banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), in a terror-financing case,” a senior lawyer related to terror financing circumstances of LeT and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) leaders advised PTI on Friday.
Besides, because it was an in-camera continuing on the jail, the media was not allowed.
The lawyer additional mentioned Mir has been within the Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore since his arrest in April. He mentioned the court docket additionally imposed a superb of over Rs 400,000 on the convict.
Pakistani authorities had up to now claimed he had died, however Western nations remained unconvinced and demanded proof of his loss of life. This challenge grew to become a serious sticking level in FATF’s evaluation of Pakistan’s progress on the motion plan late final 12 months. This was the place issues lastly began transferring in Mir’s case resulting in his ‘arrest’, the Dawn newspaper reported on Saturday.
His conviction and sentencing have been, subsequently, main achievements that Pakistani officers showcased of their progress report given to FATF on its motion plan through the newest plenary, the paper commented.
It certainly helped in convincing FATF members that Pakistan had completed all of the required duties, it added.
Mir, 44, is on the FBI’s checklist of most-wanted terrorists. He has a USD 5 million reward on his head.
Mir is on India’s most-wanted checklist for his position within the 26/11 Mumbai assaults that left 166 folks useless, together with six Americans.
Before the final assembly of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), Pakistan reportedly advised the company that it had arrested and prosecuted Sajid Mir with the intention to search its elimination from the worldwide anti-laundering physique’s ‘Grey list’.
Mir was known as the “project manager” of the Mumbai assaults. Mir reportedly had visited India in 2005 utilizing a pretend passport with a pretend title.
The FBI says that “Mir is needed for his alleged involvement within the 2008 terrorist assaults in Mumbai, India. Beginning on November 26, 2008, and persevering with by November 29, 2008, ten LeT attackers carried out a sequence of coordinated assaults towards a number of targets in Mumbai, together with motels, cafes, and a prepare station, killing roughly 170 folks.
“Six Americans were killed during the three-day attacks. Mir allegedly served as the chief planner of the attacks, directing preparations and reconnaissance, and was one of the Pakistan-based controllers during the attacks. Additionally, Mir allegedly conspired to commit a terrorist attack against a newspaper and its employees in Denmark between 2008 and 2009,” it mentioned.
“Mir was indicted in the US District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, Chicago, Illinois, on April 21, 2011, and was charged with conspiracy to injure the property of a foreign government; providing material support to terrorists; killing a citizen outside of the US and aiding and abetting; and bombing of places of public use. An arrest warrant was issued on April 22, 2011,” it mentioned.
Mumbai terror assaults’ alleged mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed has already been sentenced to 68 years imprisonment in terror financing circumstances by the Lahore anti-terrorism court docket.
The sentence is operating concurrently, which suggests he won’t need to spend a few years in jail.
Mumbai assault operation commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi can also be sentenced to a number of years in jail. Both Saeed and LeT militant Abdul Rehman Makki are additionally in Kot Lapkhapt jail in Lahore.
Saeed, a UN-designated terrorist on whom the US has positioned a USD 10 million bounty, was arrested in July 2019 within the terror financing circumstances.
Saeed-led JuD is the entrance organisation for the LeT which is answerable for finishing up the 2008 Mumbai assault.
The US Department of the Treasury has designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist.
The international terror financing watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is instrumental in pushing Islamabad to take measures towards terrorists roaming freely in Pakistan and utilizing its territory to hold out assaults in India.
The FATF had positioned Pakistan on the gray checklist in June 2018 and requested Islamabad to implement a plan of motion to curb cash laundering.
Last week, the Paris-based FATF mentioned Pakistan will proceed to be on the “Grey List” of nations underneath elevated monitoring, an announcement from the Paris-based international money-laundering and terror-financing watchdog mentioned on Friday.
It mentioned Pakistan could also be faraway from the checklist after an on-site go to to confirm the implementation of its reforms on countering terror-financing mechanisms.