Yasin Malik gets life sentence in Hurriyat terror financing case

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NIA Special Court, Patiala House, New Delhi that had convicted Yasin Malik in Hurriyat Terror Financing Case of Jammu and Kashmir on 19 May 2022 pronounced the quantum of punishment and sentenced him for life on Wednesday 25 May.

NIA Special Court, Patiala House, New Delhi convicted arrested accused Yasin Malik Aslam, son of Md. Ghulam Qadir Malik, resident of Yasin Gali, Mayasuna, Srinagar. UT of J&K under sections 120B, 121, 121A of IPC and sections 13 r/w 120B, 15 r/w 120B, 17, 18, 20 38 and 39 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for his role in Hurriyat Terror Financing Case (RC 10/2017/NIAVDLI).

The case pertains to the conspiracy by Hafiz Muhammad Saeed Amir of Jammat-ud-Dawah and the secessionist and separatist leaders, including the members and cadres of the Hurriyat Conference, who had acted in connivance with active militants of proscribed terrorist organizations viz Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Lashkare-Taiba (LeT) and others to raise, receive and collect funds domestically and from abroad through various illegal channels, including hawala, for funding separatist and terrorist activities in J&K to cause disruption in the Kashmir valley by way of pelting stones on security forces, systematically burning schools, damaging public property and waging war against India.

The case was registered suo moto on 30 May 2017. Charge sheet was filed against 12 accused persons, including two absconding accused persons – Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, Head of LeT and Mohd. Yusuf Shah, alias, Salahuddin Head of HM, both based in Pakistan, on 18 January 2018. Subsequently. First Supplementary Charge sheet was filed against one accused person on 22 January 2019 and Second Supplenentary Charge Sheet was filed against 5 accused persons, including Yasin Malik, on 4 October 2019.

Investigation had established that Yasin Malik, alias, Aslam is the head of unlawful association Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front (KLF, and is involved in terrorist and subversive activities in J&K. In 2016, he along with other Hurriyat leaders formed a self-styled group called Joint Resistance Leadership. whereby they started issuing directions to the masses to hold protests, demonstrations. hartaals, shutdowns, road-blocks and such other disruptive activities which would push the entire society into chaos and lawlessness. He was also involved in raising funds from LoC traders, various entities based abroad and distributing those funds among militants and stone-pelters for funding stone-pelting and demonstrations.

Charges were framed against Yasin Malik Aslam on 16 March 2022 and he had pleaded guilty on 10 May 2022.

A court in Jammu, in March 2020, had framed charges against Yasin Malik and six others for their alleged involvement in the killing of four unarmed Indian Air Force (IAF) officials in 1990 in Srinagar. Shalini Khanna, the 70-year-old widow of Squadron Leader Ravi Khanna, who was among the four IAF personnel brutally killed by the terrorists in 1990, had then said the charges should have been filed 30 years ago. On Wednesday, after Yasin Malik was sentenced for life, told media-persons that “Yasin Malik should not have roamed freely for 32 years”.

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