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Mumbai 26/11 attacks: Pakistani judicial panel to visit Mumbai in September

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  1. layman

    layman Aurignacian STAR MEMBER

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    Islamabad/Lahore: An eight-member Pakistani judicial commission will visit India from September 7 to cross-examine witnesses of the Mumbai terror attacks in order to take forward the prosecution of seven suspects.

    Prosecutors today informed an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad conducting the trial of the seven suspects that an Indian government letter dated August 23 had stated that the Pakistani judicial commission could visit Mumbai during September 5-6.

    But Riaz Akram Cheema, part of the team defending the accused, told PTI that the commission cannot travel on the dates given by Indian government as there is no flight to
    India during this period.

    "The commission will leave on September 7 for Delhi and it will need at least four days to cross-examine the four witnesses (in Mumbai)," Cheema said.

    The letter mentioned that Mumbai's Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, P Y Ladekar will coordinate with the Pakistani panel for the cross-examination of the witnesses.

    The witnesses are the magistrate who recorded LeT member Ajmal Kasab's confessional statement, the chief investigating officer and two doctors who conducted the autopsy of the terrorists who carried out the Mumbai attacks in November 2008.

    This will be the commission's second visit to India. A report submitted by the panel after its first visit in March 2012 was rejected by an anti-terrorism court as the commission's members were not allowed to cross-examine witnesses.
     
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    no need, it's our matter.:angry:
     
  4. layman

    layman Aurignacian STAR MEMBER

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    Nothing is gonna happen with these farce of Judicial committee visiting.

    :facepalm: No evidence is enough for state of denial. What is the whole point.
     
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    Cross-examination in Mumbai case: Pakistani team to visit India next week

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    ISLAMABAD: An eight-member panel of Pakistani prosecution and defence lawyers will visit India next week to cross-examine four Indian witnesses in the Mumbai attack case, a Federal Investigation Agency prosecutor informed an anti-terrorism court here on Saturday.

    FIA’s special prosecutor Mohammad Azhar Chaudhry told journalists after the court proceedings that the Indian government had issued schedule for recording statements of and cross-examining witnesses — R.V. Sawant Waghule, the person who recorded the confessional statement of Ajmal Kasab; Chief Investigation Officer Ramesh Mahale; and Ganesh Dhunraj and Chintaman Mohite, the doctors who carried out the post-mortem of the terrorists killed during the attack.

    The Indian authorities had proposed to the Pakistani panel to reach Mumbai by Sept 5-6. However, because of non-availability of flights on these dates it has been decided that they would leave Pakistan for India on Sept 7.

    The schedule was issued by the Indian ministry of external affairs on Aug 23, and the same was forwarded to Pakistan’s interior ministry through diplomatic channels.

    Earlier in January, the Indian authorities had asked the Pakistani panel to visit Mumbai for cross-examining the witnesses and the Mumbai High Court (MHC) had appointed Chief Metropolitan Magistrate A.A. Khan presiding officer of the commission. However, the visit could not take place because of some legal complications and in the meantime Mr Khan retired.

    The MHC has now appointed P.Y. Ladekar to head the commission.

    The Pakistani panel will be comprised of lead defence counsel Khawaja Haris Ahmed, Riaz Akram Cheema, Khizer Hayat, Raja Ehsanullah Satti, FIA special prosecutor Chaudhry Mohammad Azhar, Syed Husnain Abuzar Pirzada, FIA deputy director Faqir Mohammad and court official Abdul Hameed.

    Senior defence counsel Malik Rafique has refused to join the Mumbai commission’s proceedings, citing security concerns.

    Talking to Dawn, Mr Rafique said that under ‘present circumstances’ a visit by Pakistani counsel to India would not be safe.

    He said that under the Criminal Procedure Code the Indian witnesses should have appeared before a Pakistani court, but they had refused to visit Pakistan.

    In March last year, the Pakistani panel had joined the Mumbai commission’s proceedings but later challenged the same in an anti-terrorism court of Rawalpindi, saying they were not given the right to cross-examine the witnesses.

    In July 2012, the ATC declared the entire exercise of the Mumbai commission illegal after which both Pakistan and India set aside their earlier agreement of November 2010 and decided to allow defence counsel to cross-examine the four Indian witnesses.

    Riaz Cheema, one of the defence counsel, told Dawn that after cross-examining the Indian witnesses their statements could be used for or against seven Pakistani suspects who had allegedly facilitated the Mumbai attack.

    He said the Mumbai commission would commence its proceedings on Sept 9. The recording of statements and cross-examining of the Indian witnesses would take about four days after which the Pakistani panel would return home by Sept 14.
     
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    I remember the live transmission of the event.
    It looked all too bollywood....
    The so called Indian special forces landing from choppers didnt look remotely like trained commandos.
    More like movie stuntmen.
    Same was the way they were firing at ''alleged terrorists''
    A trained commando wont fire without looking..
    All of them were firing down with guns raised in their arms while them hiding down.
    No wonder all the alleged Pakistani terrorists had all the time in the world to pose for cameras.....

    They could have hired a better script writer ... Because whoever wrote the drama,did a terrible job.


    I am surprises that the current government is even taking the alligations seriously.
     
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    Yeah we know that it is dramatical always for Pakistan. We can understand that, if it is unbelievable fact then it becomes a soap opera.

    So you think all those who died are farce.
     
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    :rofl: stupidity at its best.
     
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    :lol: I'm not surprised by your POV !!

    Do you remember Ajmal Kasab?? Well Pakistan denied that he was a Pakistani citizen first, but later Pakistani media itself found out that he was indeed a Pakistani !! Now don't tell me RAW kidnapped him from his home in Pakistan for staging this !! :rofl:
     
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    He was a Alien from Mars in the skin of a human being and depicting himself as Pakistani... I will not be surprised even any Pak media cooks up this story...
     
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    Four witnesses in the 26/11 terrorist attack case will be cross-examined from Tuesday by lawyers who are part of an eight-member judicial commission from Pakistan.

    The commission made up of four defence counsels, two officers of the anti-terror court in Rawalpindi, where the trial is on, and two public prosecutors arrived in the city on Sunday.

    Additional chief metropolitan magistrate P Y Ladekar will record the evidence in the Esplanade court, on behalf of the Rawalpindi court.

    Special public prosecutor Ujjawal Nikam will represent the Governent of India.

    The four witnesses to be cross-examined are police investigating officer Ramesh Mahale, magistrate R V Sawant Waghule, Dr Shailesh Mohite and Dr Ganesh Nithurkar.

    Mahale had filed the chargesheet in the terror case, Waghule had recorded the confessional statement of terrorist Ajmal Kasab and the doctors had conducted autopsies of the nine other terrorists.

    "The procedure will continue for the next two to three days," Nikam said.

    Court sources said there would be high security for the commission and nobody other than those directly involved with the matter would be allowed inside the courtroom.

    An earlier judicial commission from Pakistan had recorded the statements of the witnesses in March last year. The commission, including five advocates representing the seven persons charged with conspiracy in the 26/11 attack on the city, two Pakistani public prosecutors and a court officer, was not allowed to cross-examine the witnesses.

    The Rawalpindi court had refused to accept the statements on the grounds that a trial was incomplete without cross-examination by the defence.

    Earlier this year, a four-member delegation from the country consisting of Nikam, two senior officials of the ministry of home affairs and an official from the ministry of external affairs visited Pakistan and held discussions on the matter.

    "The commission was delayed after the public prosecutor in the case was shot dead in Pakistan in May," Nikam said.

    Mahale played a key role in the investigations, having interrogated Kasab and his handler Abu Jundal alias Zabihuddin Ansari. He filed the chargesheet in the special court, along with statements of over 400 witnesses, including victims from abroad.

    Dr Shailesh Mohite, head of forensic medicine at Nair Hospital, who agreed that cross-examination was important. "Even they (Pakistani commission) have to show evidence in their courts," he said. "Only when they cross-examine us, will their probe be fair."
     
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