Kerala: 13 get life for recruiting youths for terror training

The Kerala police,which probed the case initially,chargesheeted 23 people in January 2009.

Written by Shaju Philip | Kochi | Published:October 5, 2013 1:03 am

Suspected LeT militant Tadiyantavide Nazir and 12 others were sentenced to life Friday by the NIA special court here for recruiting Kerala youths for terror training in Kashmir.

Abdul Jabbar,the 15th accused who fled the training camp,23rd accused Sarfras Nawas and 16th Sabir P Buhari will serve double life sentences. All 13 convicts have to pay a fine of Rs 50,000 each.

Earlier,the court had acquitted five accused for want of evidence. Pakistan citizen Abdul Azeez alias Wali and Muhammed Sabir are absconding.

Four other accused were killed in encounters with security forces in October 2008.

Third accused Nazir and his co-brother Shafaz are already serving life terms after they were found guilty in the twin blast case of Kozhikode.

Judge S Vijayakumar said the life terms of Nazir and Shafay would not run concurrently with the sentences they are serving.

The judge said the accused challenged sovereignty of the country and did not deserve mercy. He said they fomented extremism in the guise of religious classes.

While being brought out of the court complex,Nawas said: “We are not anti-nationals.” Referring to Muslim military leader Kunhali Marakkar’s resistance against the Portuguese invasion of Kerala coast,he said don’t teach nationalism to the successors of Marakkar.

Safiya,mother of the killed youth Fayas,said those who took her son for terror training should have been given capital punishment.

Nazir,whom the NIA has identified as the brain behind dispatching five Kerala youths to Lolob in Kashmir’s Kupwara for training in arms and ammunition,is involved in several terror cases,including the Bangalore blasts.

The Kerala police,which probed the case initially,chargesheeted 23 people in January 2009. Later,NIA made Wali the 24th accused in a supplementary chargesheet.

The prosecution said Nazir,the third accused,recruited youths for waging a battle against the country. He led indoctrination and conspiracy sessions in various parts of Kerala in the guise of religious classes from 2006.

Nawas and Wali allegedly sent funds to Nazir through Bangladeshi hawala operator Zahid. The police recovered documents for transfer of 1,600 Omani rials. Nawas and Sainudheen were arrested in connection with the Bangalore blasts of 2008.

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