An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Lahore issued a 15-year sentence and Rs300,000 fine to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) leader Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi on Friday in a terrorism financing case.
UN proscribed terrorist Lakhvi, 61, who was on bail since 2015 in the Mumbai attack case, was arrested by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab province on Saturday.
“The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Lahore convicted Lakhvi for commission of offences of terrorism financing in a case registered by the CTD for 15 years under different sections of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997,” a court official told media persons after the hearing.
Judge Ejaz Ahmad Buttar sentenced Lakhvi to five years of imprisonment as well as a fine of PKR 1,00,000 (approximately USD 620) each of the three counts.
“In default of payment of fine, he will have to undergo an imprisonment of six months each on three counts. He has been sent to prison to serve the sentences,” the official said.
Lakhvi will now be sent to Central Jail, Adiala, to serve out his sentence.
Furthermore, the court issues orders for the arrest of his accomplice, Abu Anas Mohsin, after the emergence of sufficient evidence against him.
Lakhvi, a resident of Renal Khurd Okara district of Punjab, was living in Islamabad before his arrest in this case.
He had been declared a global terrorist by the United Nations in December 2008 due to his associations with LeT and al-Qaeda and for “participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing or perpetrating of acts by, in conjunction with, under the name of, on behalf or in support of” both the entities.
Lakhvi is blamed by the United States and India for the 2008 Mumbai attacks. He was first arrested in 2008 but was later released on bail.
While he, like all proscribed terrorists, had his assets frozen and a travel ban imposed, the UN’s Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee last moth allowed for a monthly payment of Rs1,500,000 for Lakhvi to meet his personal expenses.