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Pakistan court declares 26/11 accused Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi’s detention void

In January, Lakhvi had challenged his detention in the High Court which suspended the detention order.

LeT operations commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi (Source: AP photo) Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi (Source: AP photo)

The detention orders of LeT operations commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind, were on Friday declared void by the Islamabad High Court.

Also read: Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi, untouchable terror commander

Justice Noorul Haq accepted 55-year-old Lakhvi’s appeal filed against his third time detention orders and ordered his immediate release, Dawn reported.

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The High Court had earlier reserved its decision over the application.

Lakhvi and six others – Abdul Wajid, Mazhar Iqbal, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jameel Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Younis Anjum – have been charged with planning and executing the Mumbai attacks in November, 2008 that left 166 people dead.

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Lakhvi, believed to be a close relative of LeT founder and Jamat-Ud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, was arrested in December 2008 and was indicted along with the six others on November 25, 2009 in connection with the 26/11 attack case.

The trial has been underway since 2009. He has been detained at Adiala jail for the last five years or so.

First published on: 13-03-2015 at 11:19:52 am
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