Pak anti-terrorism court sentences 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed to 31 years in prison

An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan on Friday sentenced Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief and 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed in terror financing cases.

Saeed was given four separate prison sentences ranging from six months to five years, that would run concurrently. Saeed’s assets were also ordered to be seized by the Court.

The 70-year-old radical cleric had already been convicted and sentenced in multiple cases of terror financing in the past. In 2020, he was sentenced to 15 years in jail.

The court also imposed a fine of PKR 340,000 on Saeed.

Officials said Saeed was brought to the court from the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore.

Saeed was also named as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the United States.

The US House Foreign Affairs Committee noted that Saeed had been arrested and released eight times since 2001.

Many netizens reacted to the development, pointing out that Pakistan has been on the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) for failing to check money laundering leading to terror financing.

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