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Spain seeks details of 26/11 probe

Spain has now routed a request to the Mumbai Police,asking it to furnish details of the 26/11 terror attack probe concerning the alleged role played in the plot by Lashkar-e-Toiba operative Javed Iqbal while residing in that country.

Spain has now routed a request to the Mumbai Police,asking it to furnish details of the 26/11 terror attack probe concerning the alleged role played in the plot by Lashkar-e-Toiba operative Javed Iqbal while residing in that country.

“We have received a request from Spanish authorities through the Interpol,and we are replying to it,” said Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Deven Bharti.

Sources told Newsline that the queries from Spain relate specifically to Javed Iqbal,named as one of the 35 wanted accused in the 26/11 chargesheet filed by the Mumbai Police Crime Branch. Iqbal,a Pakistani national who was residing in Barcelona,allegedly wired funds for setting up an account with the New Jersey-based Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service provider Callphonex.

Calls between the 26/11 gunmen and their Pakistan-based controllers during the attack were routed through this VoIP account. Aided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation,the Crime Branch unearthed details of the manner in which the Callphonex account was set up by another wanted accused,identified as Kharak Singh.

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Two payments were made to Callphonex for the account. On October 27,2008,the initial payment of $250 was wired to Callphonex via MoneyGram,receipt number 80700471903880005473. The sender was identified as Muhammed Ishfaq.

On November 25,2008,the second payment of $229 was wired to Callphonex via Western Union Money Transfer,receipt number 8364307716-0. The sender of this payment was identified as Javed Iqbal. He had used Western Union Money Transfer agent Madina Trading,located in Brescia,Italy,to make the payment to Callphonex. For identification,Iqbal had provided a Pakistani passport,no KC092481,to Madina Trading.

According to Pakistani authorities,Javed Iqbal was ‘lured’ back from Spain and arrested along with other suspects in a probe conducted by them.

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A Spanish national was one of those gunned down by the terrorists at Taj Mahal Hotel during the attack.

First published on: 05-08-2009 at 03:59 IST
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