Pakistan court suspends jail sentence of two JuD leaders

In a case of terror financing, the Lahore High Court in Pakistan suspended sentence of two leaders of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and allowed their release on bail.
On June 18, an anti-terrorism court had handed down one-year imprisonment to Abdul Rehman Makki and Abdul Salam each under section 11-F (6) of Anti-Terrorism Act 1997. The ATC had also imposed a fine of 50,000 Rupees on each on them, failing for which they will have to undergo another six months in prison.
Both challenged the conviction through appeals before the high court pleading that they had been convicted by the trial court beyond facts.
The prosecution alleged before the trial court that both appellants being office-bearers of proscribed Al-Anfaal Trust, possessed property measuring one kanal and three marlas in Okara for the purpose of terrorism and to support terrorist activities. A seminary namely “Madressa Jamia Sataria” was constructed on the said land.
According to the ATC verdict, both JuD leaders were found guilty of terrorism-financing. They had been collecting funds and unlawfully financing the proscribed Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) organization. The ATC had also ordered the confiscation of assets made from the funds collected through terrorism-financing.
Last year during July, the CTD had detained and booked 13 senior leaders of the JuD including its chief Hafiz Saeed and Naib Emir Abdul Rehman Makki in 23 cases of terror financing and money laundering registered in different cities.
As per the prosecution, the suspects were raising funds using five trusts — Dawatul Irshad Trust, Moaz Bin Jabal Trust, Al-Anfaal Trust, Al-Madina Foundation Trust and Alhamd Trust.
On February 12, 2020, the ATC had handed down five-and-a-half-year rigorous imprisonment to JuD chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and Malik Zafar Iqbal each in two of the FIRs. Trial in other FIRs is still pending.

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