Tuesday, December 17, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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13/12 attack: four convicted
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 16
The four persons who were accused in the attack on Parliament case were convicted by a Delhi court today. The accused, including two Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants and Delhi University’s suspended lecturer S.A.R. Geelani, have been convicted under POTA.

The others who have been convicted in the case are JeM militants Mohad Afzal, Shaukat Hussain Guru and his wife Navjot Sandhu, alias Afsan Guru. Special Judge S.N. Dhingra, pronouncing the judgement, said Afsan was found guilty of concealing the plot from the police.

The court said the four accused were found guilty of entering into a conspiracy with five Pakistani terrorists killed in police action on Parliament House premises and Azhar, Ghazi Baba and Tariq Mehmood for waging war against the state.

The court had framed charges against the accused for attempting to kill the Vice-President, Prime Minister, Union Ministers, MPs and other VIPs.

Mr Dhingra, said, he would hear arguments on the point of sentence tomorrow. The court had, on December 11, deferred the much-awaited pronouncement of judgement till December 16 as some more work had to be done on it.

Mr Dhingra had on November 25, reserved his order in the case after the completion of final arguments by the prosecution and the defence. He also took into consideration the evidence produced by the prosecution, the statements of the accused and other relevant material produced before the court.

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