A day after court relief, 26/11 mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi detained again

Lakhvi has been detained in another case before his release, said his counsel

Islamabad: Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, whose detention order was cancelled on Monday, has been detained yet again on Tuesday.

Lakhvi has been detained in another case before his release, said his counsel.

The Islamabad High Court had on Monday suspended the Pakistan government's detention order of Lakhvi, paving the way for his release.

India had on Monday summoned Pakistan high commissioner Abdul Basit and expressed its displeasure over the development.

Islamabad Anti-Terrorism Court Judge had on December 18 granted bail to Lakhvi in the Mumbai attack case citing lack of evidence against him, but before he could be released from jail, the government detained him for three more months under Maintenance of Public Order (MPO).

He was granted bail on surety bonds of Rs 500,000. Lakhvi challenged his detention under MPO in the Islamabad High Court after the government rejected his plea for release.

Lakhvi's lawyer during today's hearing also produced the order copy of the trial court that granted him bail.

The order has cited "weak evidence, the registration of the FIR invoking irrelevant sections and hearsay evidence against the suspect".

It says the main evidence on the basis of which Lakhvi was implicated in the case was the confessional statement of lone surviving attacker Ajmal Kasab, who was subsequently executed in a Mumbai jail on November 21, 2012 after due legal proceedings.

( Source : dc )
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