Pakistan detains accused in Mumbai terror —again

Pakistani police have detained the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks on abduction charges a day after a court ordered his release. Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi was detained in Pakistani custody since 2008 for heading the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (CFR backgrounder), which was held responsible for the Mumbai attacks that killed 165 individuals. Earlier this month, Lakhvi was granted bail, but the government immediately imposed a three-month detention order to keep him in prison. Lakhvi successfully challenged the order with the Islamabad High Court, and was conditionally released on Dec. 29. Hours after his release, Lakhvi was in police custody again for the alleged kidnapping of a man. The Pakistani government has stated plans to challenge the original decision to grant Lakhvi bail.

From Jurist, Dec. 30. Used with permission.

  1. India executes man convicted in 1993 bombings

    Yakub Memon, convicted in the 1993 Mumbai attacks, was executed by hanging on July 30 at the Nagpur Central Jail. Memon's case has divided India, with many criticizing the decision to execute him. Former India Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju criticized the decision earlier this week. Katju called it a "gross travesty of justice" that Memon was convicted on weak evidence, citing the police's affinity for planting evidence and using torture to gain confessions. Fearing public unrest, Mumbai has tightened security in light of the execution, particularly in the areas where Memon's family resides. (Jurist)