A Pakistani court heard arguments on Monday by defence and prosecution lawyers about the quality and legal admissibility of some of the evidence as the Mumbai attacks case slowly proceeds towards an indictment of the seven suspects.

The in camera hearing was adjourned to November 25.

According to a source with knowledge of the proceedings, judge Malik Mohammed Akram Awan told both sides that he would pass an order at the next hearing.

If the defence arguments are rejected, the court will proceed immediately to the indictment, that is, the formal framing of the charges against the seven suspects.

The seven are Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, described as Lashkar-e-Taiba operations commander and the “mastermind” of the attacks; Abdul Wajid alias Zarar Shah, also of the LeT and described as a “facilitator and expert of computer networks”; Hamad Amin Sadiq, who is charged with “facilitating funds and hideouts” for the Mumbai attackers; Mazhar Iqbal alias Abu al Qama, described as a “handler”; Shahid Jamil Riaz, who is described both as a facilitator for funds, as well as a crew member of a boat used by the attackers; Jamil Ahmed, described as a “facilitator”; and, Younus, also a “facilitator.”


Proceedings still in pre-trial stage in PakistanNovember 22, 2009

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