NEW DELHI: An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Lahore on Wednesday sentenced Mumbai attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed to five and a half years each in two terror financing cases.
Here is all you need to know about the case:
* A two-member bench headed by Justice Qasim Khan announced the verdict sentencing Saeed to a total of eleven years in jail in two terror financing.
* In July 2019, Hafiz Saeed was booked in six cases out of which the verdict has been given in two cases today while the verdict in four cases has been reserved for the end of the week.
* Saeed was nominated along with top 13 members of JuD in 29 cases for terror financing, money laundering under Pakistan’s Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), 1997, as well as in cases of land grabbing.
* The terror financing cases were filed by the Counter-Terrorism Department’s (CTD) Lahore and Gujranwala chapters. The case filed by CTD’s Gujranwala chapter was initially being heard in a Gujranwala ATC but was shifted to Lahore on the directions of the Lahore High Court.
* During the trial of both cases, the court recorded the statements of 23 witnesses.
* The Mumbai attack mastermind was arrested by the Punjab Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) on charges of terror financing while he was travelling from Lahore to Gujranwala.
* According to the CTD, JuD was financing terrorism from the massive funds collected through non-profit organisations and trusts including Al-Anfaal Trust, Dawatul Irshad Trust, Muaz Bin Jabal Trust, etc.
* In December 2019, Saeed was indicted on charges of terror financing. The indictment came ahead of a meeting by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) later this year which will decide whether Pakistan will be blacklisted over its failure to curb terror funding.


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