Thirteen persons were found guilty of terrorist activities and waging war against India in the Kashmir terror recruitment case here on Tuesday.
A special court hearing cases of the National Investigation Agency in Kochi acquitted five others accused under similar charges.
The case relates to the recruitment and training of five persons from the State for terrorist activities against the nation. Four of those recruited – Fayas, Abdul Rahim, Fayis, and Yasin – had been killed in an encounter with security forces in 2008.
The fifth person, Abdul Jabbar of Malappuram, escaped the encounter. He was living at Perumbavoor under a false name when he was arrested.
The NIA special court found Jabbar guilty under Section 121 IPC, for waging war against the State, and Section 16 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, for committing a terrorist act. Section 121 IPC is punishable with death or life imprisonment.
The NIA had originally accused 24 persons in the case, four of whom had been killed by security forces. Two others - Mohammed Sabir and Pakistani national Wali alias Abu Rehan - are absconding. The agency produced the other 18 accused before the court under high security on Tuesday.
The 13 persons found guilty are K.V. Abdul Jaleel of Kannur, M.H. Faisal of Kannur, Thadiyantavida Naseer of Kannur, P. Mujeeb of Mollancheri, Shafas of Kannur, Ibrahim Moulavi of Wayanad, Firoz of Kalamassery, Mohammed Nawaz of Kannur, Abdul Jabbar, Sabir P. Buhari of Ernakulam, Sainuddin of Kondotty, Ummer Farooq of Parappanangady, and Sarfuraz Nawaz of Ernakulam.
They were found guilty of conspiring to conduct terror activities and waging war against India. Sabir Buhari was also found guilty of harbouring Jabbar when he came to Ernakulam after escaping from security forces. Sarfuraz Nawaz was additionally convicted of raising funds for terrorism.
Five of the accused – Mohammad Nainar of Kannur, Badaruddin of Ernakulam, P.K. Anas of Ernakulam, Sheneej of Kannur, and Adbul Hameed of Mattancherry – were given the benefit of the doubt and acquitted of all the offences they were charged of. Five men were recruited at Jihad classes and camps held from 2006 to 2008 at Kannur, Hyderabad, and other places. The final hearing in the case will be held on Friday.