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Updated: August 26, 2009 09:58 IST

Interpol issues Red Corner notice against Saeed, Lakhvi

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File photo of Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, chief of the JuD.
File photo of Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, chief of the JuD.

The Interpol on Tuesday night issued Red Corner Notices (RCN) against Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder chief, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, and mastermind of the Mumbai terror attacks, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi.

The notices were issued against Saeed and Lakhvi after a Mumbai court issued a non-bailable warrant against the two for their role in the November 26, 2008 attacks.

India also sent proof and requests to issue a similar warrant against Lashkar commander Zarar Shah and Abu Al Qama. Interpol said it was analysing the evidence against them.

The RCN were issued after the Central Bureau of Investigation approached the international agency for the same with non-bailable warrants against the Pakistan-based Saeed and Lakhvi.

The warrants were issued by a Mumbai court on June 23 against Saeed and 22 others, including Lakhvi and suspected military official Colonel R. Saadat Ullah, for allegedly hatching a conspiracy to carry out the attacks in Mumbai last November.

Special Judge M.L. Tahaliyani had issued the warrants, asking the Mumbai Police Commissioner and the CBI Director to execute them through Interpol and produce the accused before the court soon.

Saeed had allegedly provided training to terrorists between 2007 and 2008 at Muridke (LeT headquarters), Manshera, Muzzafarabad, Azizabad, and Paanch Teni in Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

In December last year, the United Nations Security Council imposed sanctions on the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), the front organisation of the banned LeT, declaring it a terrorist outfit, and labelled Saeed and Lakhvi as terrorists. The Council asked all its member countries to freeze their assets and impose a travel ban and arms embargo against them.

Besides Saeed and Lakhvi, two other top leaders of the LeT — Haji Muhammad Ashraf and Zaki-ur-Bahaziq — have also been declared terrorists by the UNSC. India had sought a ban on the JuD after the LeT was blamed for the attacks in Mumbai.

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