ATC rejects Mumbai attacks commission probe result

Published Jul 17, 2012 09:15am

A photograph taken on November 27, 2008, shows flames gushing out of The Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai, one of the sites attacked by alleged militant gunmen. — File photo by AFP
A photograph taken on November 27, 2008, shows flames gushing out of The Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai, one of the sites attacked by alleged militant gunmen. — File photo by AFP

ISLAMABAD: The Anti-Terrorist Court (ATC) trying suspects accused of masterminding the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai has decided that the findings of a commission that visited India to gather evidence cannot be used in the case, a defence lawyer on Tuesday said.

Riaz Akram Cheema said the court found that the report by the eight-member commission had no legal value because the commission did not cross-examine four witnesses in India.

The court is trying seven suspects, including the alleged commander of the banned group Lashkar-e-Taiba, which has been blamed for the 2008 attacks that killed 166 people.

The Pakistani commission that went to India in March included defence lawyers and prosecutors. But Cheema said India did not allow them to cross-examine key witnesses, including the lone attacker who survived.

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Oracle
Jul 17, 2012 11:25am
What pakistani court wants now? A video of all the terrorist doing the passing out parade and prime minister of Pakistan inspecting the parade and commissioning them into service???
sajan
Jul 17, 2012 11:31am
In this context India will not be allowed Pakistani team to play in Indian soil.
Sylvester India
Jul 17, 2012 11:32am
If those four had been examined - the ATC would come up with another excuse. No wonder Pakistanis are the greatest sufferers of terrorist attacks. They have sympathizers in the highest places
VGP
Jul 17, 2012 11:37am
What else would one expect from the pakistani courts, and now they want to tour India to play cricket. Ban them all the are not welcome in India
raika45
Jul 17, 2012 11:44am
I feel the ruling is right. If the commission was not allowed to cross-examine the facts provided by the Indian authorities with the the witnesses for corroboration,the findings have no value.