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TADA court frames charges against 26/11 accused Zabiuddin Ansari aka Abu Jundal

"We had filed our objections to some of the charges on the previous date” said Ansari’s lawyer, Advocate Ishrat Khan. On Friday, Ansari will face trial through video-conference.

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The Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Act (TADA) court on Wednesday framed charges against Zabiuddin Ansari aka Abu Jundal for his role in the November 26, 2008 terror attack.

Ansari, who was produced in court, pleaded not guilty to each of the 22 charges that judge GA Sanap read out to him. The Mumbai Police Crime Branch had charged Ansari under 22 sections of the Indian Penal Code in 2013, for murder, criminal conspiracy, waging war against the nation, cheating and forgery, apart from the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

“We had filed our objections to some of the charges on the previous date” said Ansari’s lawyer, Advocate Ishrat Khan. On Friday, Ansari will face trial through video-conference.

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“All charges brought against Ansari by the police have been framed by the court and none have been dropped. I will now argue on Friday for David Headley to be made a co-accused in the case,” said Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam.

Nikam had moved an application before the court last month requesting it to write to the United States Department of Justice to have Headley attend Ansari’s trial through video-conference.

Headley, who is serving a 35-year prison sentence in the United States, is stated as a co-conspirator and abettor of the 26/11 attacks in Nikam’s application.

Ansari, a native of Beed district, was deported to India from Saudi Arabia in 2012 and is alleged to have been present in the control room in Pakistan where the planners of the attack guided the ten terrorists and watched their progress.

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Mumbai Police has alleged that Ansari taught Hindi to the ten terrorists who infiltrated into India and killed 166 people.

mumbai.newsline@expressindia.com

First published on: 05-11-2015 at 02:18:33 am
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