Kashmir: Sajad Lone Wants ‘Fair Trial’ For Convicted Yasin Malik

| Updated: 19 July, 2022 6:50 pm IST
Yasin Malik sentenced to life imprisonment, Sajad Lone demands fair trial

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir People’s Conference chairman Sajad Lone on Tuesday said that separatist leader Yasin Malik, who was given a life sentence in a terror conspiracy case, deserves a “fair trial”.

In May this year, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief was given a life sentence and a fine of Rs 10.75 lakhs by a court in Delhi after he pleaded guilty by deciding not to contest the terror charges against him.

Lone’s statement comes days after Rubaiyya Sayeed, sister of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president and chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, identified Malik as one of her abductors in 1989.

“He should be given a fair trial. Justice cannot be a one-sided affair,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

To a question about the identification of Malik and three others by Sayeed in the special CBI court in Jammu, Lone said it is “their decision”.

“They have every right to identify and indict those involved. But those identifying and indicting people have no moral right to talk about reconciliation and dialogue. Priyanka Gandhi even forgave the killers of her father,” Lone said.

After Sayeed identified Malik and three others as her abductors, Mehbooba Mufti said that she did her duty as per law.

In a case of sensational kidnapping, Rubaiya was abducted from near the Lal Ded Hospital on December 8, 1989, by JKLF militants. She was released from captivity five days later after the then VP Singh government, where her father was a home minister, freed five terrorists in exchange for her safe return.


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