Yasin Malik sentenced to life imprisonment

Yasin Malik

Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik was awarded life imprisonment by a National Investigation Agency (NIA) court. He was accused in a case related to terrorism and secessionist activities in the Kashmir Valley in the year 2016-17.

Yasin was produced before Additional Sessions Judge Parveen Singh with high security and awarded the life sentence, Judge also imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh. A detailed order on the sentencing is awaited.

The NIA prosecutor had sought the death penalty for Malik while the court-appointed amicus curate asked the court to instead award life imprisonment. On May 10, Malik had pleaded guilty to all charges, including those under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

Malik was the head of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) and has been accused by the NIA of orchestrating violent protests in 2016, in which 89 cases of stone-pelting were reported.

The authority had told the court that Malik’s home was raided and they found a copy of a Hizb-ul-Mujahideen letterhead. The agency had said that the letterhead, signed by various terror organizations, warned people who supported football tournaments in the Valley to disengage themselves from the organizers of the game and show loyalty to the freedom struggle.

In March, the court, while framing charges in the matter, had said that said prima facie, it has been established that Shabir Shah, Yasin Malik, Rashid Engineer, Altaf Fantoosh, Masrat, and Hurriyat/Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) were the direct recipients of terror funds.

The court also noted that prima facie there existed a criminal conspiracy pursuant to which large-scale protests, resulting in violence and arson, were orchestrated in the Valley.

It also said that Malik had set up an elaborate structure and mechanism across the world to raise funds for carrying out terrorist and other unlawful activities in Jammu and Kashmir in the name of the “freedom struggle”.

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