An Indian courtroom on Thursday convicted prime Kashmiri chief Mohammed Yasin Malik in a terrorism-related case that carries a most sentence of the loss of life penalty or life imprisonment.
Malik had been charged with ‘terrorist acts’, illegally elevating funds, being a member of a ‘terrorist’ organisation and felony conspiracy and sedition.
Choose Praveen Singh set Might 25 for listening to arguments from each side on sentencing, the Press Belief of India information company reported. The decide additionally directed Malik to offer an affidavit relating to his monetary property.
Through the trial, Malik protested the fees and stated he was a freedom fighter.
“Terrorism-related fees levelled towards me are concocted, fabricated and politically motivated,” his organisation, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Entrance, cited him as telling the courtroom.
“If searching for azadi (freedom) is a criminal offense, then I’m prepared to simply accept this crime and its penalties,” he advised the decide.
The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Entrance was one of many first armed freedom combating teams to come back into existence in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK). It supported an unbiased and united Kashmir. Led by Malik, the group gave up armed resistance in 1994.
A resistance motion broke out in IoK in 1989 with fighters demanding an unbiased Kashmir or its merger with Pakistan. India accuses Pakistan of arming and coaching insurgent teams to combat Indian forces, an allegation Pakistan vehemently opposes and denies. Islamabad says it offers solely ethical and diplomatic assist to insurgents.