Pak jail hosting 26/11 suspects to get Hi-tech court

Hi-tech court rooms and a special security cell are expected to be built at the Adiala Jail in Pakistan where at least four suspects linked to the Mumbai terror attacks are being held.

Written by Agencies | Islamabad | Published: February 23, 2009 3:53:46 pm

Hi-tech court rooms and a special security cell are expected to be built at the Adiala Jail in the Pakistani garrison city of Rawalpindi where at least four suspects linked to the Mumbai terror attacks are being held.

The court rooms will be equipped with cameras that will allow judges and investigators to interact with and question prisoners without moving them out of the jail,the Daily Times reported today.

Law enforcement and intelligence agencies had prepared a report asking the federal interior ministry to build the court rooms and special security cell in Adiala Jail,the daily quoted its sources as saying.

This will help overcome security risks associated with transporting dangerous prisoners to court and help monitor their movements day and night.

The development is being linked to the detention in Adiala Jail of suspects linked to the Mumbai attacks and other high-profile terrorism cases,like the assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto.

The court rooms and security cell will “reduce security risks attached to movements of accused in high-profile cases”,the sources said.

Four suspects in the Mumbai attacks case – Lashker-e-Taiba operatives Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi,Zarar Shah,Abu al Qama and Hamad Amin Sadiq – are being held in Adiala Jail. They have been remanded to the custody of the Federal Investigation Agency till March 3 by an anti-terrorism judge.

The sources said cameras would directly connect the jail with courts and headquarters of security agencies,enabling judges and investigators to question prisoners without moving them out of the jail.

Security officials have also been deputed to Adiala Jail to ensure the security of suspects linked to the Mumbai attacks. A special monitoring room will be built for investigation and court proceedings with no interruption,the sources said.

The authorities in Adiala Jail hope that the system will be set up as soon as possible. Satellite towers,boosters,cameras,computers,LCD screens and other accessories will be sent to the jail shortly and IT experts from security agencies will assemble the entire system,the sources said.

Pakistani authorities have filed formal charges against nine suspects linked to the Mumbai incident,including Ajmal Amir Kasab,the lone terrorist captured in India for the attacks. Interior ministry chief Rehman Malik has said six suspects have been detained by Pakistani authorities while two others are still at large.

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