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Yasin Malik sentenced to life imprisonment

NIA said its probe into the case established Yasin Malik was involved in terrorism and he issued calls for protests, roadblocks and other disruptive activities to push the society into chaos and lawlessness

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Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik sentenced to life imprisonment

A Delhi court on 25 May sentenced separatist leader and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik to imprisonment for life a week after he pleaded guilty and was convicted of terror funding, spreading terrorism, and secessionist activities in the valley in 2017.

Yasin Malik faced charges under the Unlawful Activities Act and Indian Penal Code sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 124-A (sedition). Malik on 10 May pleaded guilty to all charges after they were framed in March. He told the court he would not challenge any of the charges.

The case against Yasin Malik pertained to the Pakistan-based terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed and other separatist leaders’ conspiracy to raise, receive and collect funds domestically and from abroad for the separatist and terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) said its probe into the case established Malik was involved in terror activities and issued calls for protests, roadblocks, and other disruptive activities to push the into chaos and lawlessness.

In 2017, the NIA had registered the case and has since filed a charge sheet against over a dozen people.

Special judge Praveen Singh had noted last week that sufficient time had been provided to Yasin Malik to consider his plea. Malik was also granted an opportunity to have legal advice to make an informed choice. The court asked Malik if he wanted to re-think his plea. Malik responded he had taken a well-thought decision. It noted that amicus curiae Akhand Pratap Singh met Malik twice in the and explained to him the consequences of his decision and still, the separatist leader stood by his decision to plead guilty.

The court said Singh was directed to visit Malik in and to have a consultation so that the separatist could be made aware of the maximum punishment which could be awarded to him if he entered a guilty plea. Singh was appointed as the amicus curiae since Malik did not have a lawyer and argued his case.

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