Yasin Malik sentenced to life imprisonment
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Kashmiri freedom fighter Yasin Malik was sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in Delhi in connection to the terror funding case against him.
The NIA had demanded death penalty for Yasin Malik who had earlier pleaded guilty to all the charges, including those under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), in a terror funding case.
The NIA court handed down two life sentences and five 10-year terms of rigorous imprisonment, which will run concurrently. Moreover, a penalty of ₹1million has also been slapped on the Kashmiri leader, according to NDTV.
The Hurriyat leader was convicted in the terror-funding case last week after he pleaded guilty to all the charges last Tuesday, including the ones under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
Yasin had refused to contest the charges, including Section 16 (terrorist act), Section 17 (raising funds for a terrorist act), Section 18 (conspiracy to commit a terrorist act) and Section 20 (being a member of a terrorist gang or organisation) of the UAPA and Sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 124-A (sedition) of the Indian Penal Code.
The Indian government arrested the Hurriyat leader in 2019, the same year when the special status of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir was revoked.
Mushaal Hussein Mullick, Malik's wife, termed the sentence handed down to her husband illegitimate.
"Verdict in minutes by Indian kangaroo court," she said on Twitter. "The iconic leader will never surrender."
Court verdict in minutes by Indian kangaroo courts. Yasin Malik is the bravest man to challenge the Hitler Modi of this Era !!! We r all Yasin Malik #ReleaseYasinMalik Pray for the Lion of Kashmiris ! The iconic leader will never surrender pic.twitter.com/Hv9VJqMivQ— Mushaal Hussein Mullick (@MushaalMullick) May 25, 2022
Meanwhile, police fired tear gas and pellets to disperse protesters outside the resistance leader's residence in IOJK's Srinagar.
Ahead of Yasin Malik’s verdict announced by the Delhi court, protests have erupted in Srinagar. The NIA had demanded death penalty for Yasin Malik who had earlier pleaded guilty to all the charges, including those under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), in a terror funding case.
The NIA told Special Judge Praveen Singh in an in-chamber proceedings that Yasin Malik was responsible for the Kashmiri exodus.
On the point of sentence, Yasin Malik had reportedly submitted that he would not “beg” for mercy, and that court could decide at its discretion. The amicus curiae appointed by the court to assist Yasin Malik, sought minimum punishment, i.E., life imprisonment in the matter.