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Pakistan to indict seven for 2008 Mumbai attacks

[JURIST] Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik announced Saturday that his government would indict seven suspects in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks [JURIST news archive]. He also requested further evidence [AP report] from India that the head of the erstwhile-Islamic charity and fundamentalist terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba [CFR backgrounder], Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, was involved in planning the attacks. Recent reports on Saeed's involvement filed by Pakistan have been met with skepticism [Pakistan Daily Times report] by India National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan.

In August, India sentenced three terrorists to death for their part in similar attacks in 2003 [JURIST report]. Mumbai has suffered a number of terrorist attacks allegedly linked to the LeT in recent years, leading the government to consider controversial terrorism laws and to institute special courts [JURIST reports] to try suspects. In July, India announced that it would continue the trial [JURIST report] of a man suspected in a 2008 hotel attack [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] that killed more than 100 people, despite his mid-trial confession [JURIST report]. Pakistan has postponed the trial of five others [JURIST report] allegedly connected with the 2008 attack.

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