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ATC rejects Mumbai attacks commission probe result

July 17, 2012

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.