An anti-terror court on Saturday once again put off proceedings against five suspects in Pakistani custody for their alleged involvement in the Mumbai attacks without framing charges against them.
Judge Baqir Ali Rana of Anti-Terror Court 2, which meets in the maximum-security Adiala Prison, fixed the next hearing for September 5.
The judge, who had ordered that the proceedings be held in camera at the hearing on July 25, reiterated that he wanted this order followed strictly. He threatened to haul up anyone responsible for leaking any part of the proceedings to the media for contempt.
As a result, the information emerging about the proceedings is patchy. The Hindu has learnt that the proceedings against the five suspects, including Lashkar-e-Taiba operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and communications expert Zarar Shah, were put off apparently because the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had not given defence lawyers copies of all statements made by the suspects during investigation as the court had ordered.
The bail petition of a sixth suspect, Jamil Ahmed — the NWFP resident was arrested in August for his alleged involvement as a “facilitator” in the 26/11 attack — was submitted at Saturday’s hearing. It will be heard on Tuesday. The FIA produced a seventh suspect, identified as Younus, in the court which granted a 10-day remand for him.