Pakistan Apex Court Upholds Lakhvi's Detention Order

07/01/2015 4:20 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST
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Pakistani security personnel escort Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi (C), alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, leaves the court after a hearing in Islamabad on January 1, 2015. Pakistan on January 1, approached the country's supreme court to stop the release of alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks whose detention order was this week suspended by a high court, a government prosecutor said. AFP PHOTO/ Aamir QURESHI (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan Wednesday overturned the suspension of detention of Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. He will remain in jail, the court has ordered.

The apex court has sent the case back to the Islamabad High Court (IHC) to hear the arguments of both parties without rushing through it.

The case will be heard again Jan 12.

The apex court declared the IHC's order releasing Lakhvi from jail as void, and said he will remain in jail.

Lakhvi was arrested in February 2009 and was indicted along with six others Nov 25, 2009, for planning and helping to carry out the Mumbai terror attacks.

He was believed to be the operational chief of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which has been accused by India of carrying out the attacks in Mumbai.

The 2008 attacks, when ten Pakistani gunmen rampaged through Mumbai for three days, sent bilateral relations into deep freeze. India blamed the Pakistan-based militant group LeT for the attack and handed over intercepts to use as evidence in the Lakhvi case.

One Pakistani terrorist, Ajmal Kasab, caught alive was tried and convicted of the attacks, and sentenced to death by a special court in Mumbai. He was executed Nov 21, 2012.

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