NEW DELHI: Kashmiri Hurriyat leader Yasin Malik was sentenced to life imprisonment by an Indian court and fined Rs1 million.
An Indian court had on May 19 convicted Yasin Malik in a fake terrorism funding case.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had requested for the death sentence of Yasin Malik, but the NIA court in New Delhi rejected the request and sentenced him to life imprisonment.
The NIA judge said that all the sentences would start at the same time and the sentence of life imprisonment meant that the sentence would be upheld for life.
Yasin Malik was sentenced to death in two cases and to various terms of imprisonment on other provisions while he was also fined a total of Rs1 million.
Muhammad Yasin Malik has been lodged in the notorious Tihar Jail in New Delhi for many years
Kashmiri Hurriyat leader Yasin Malik while talking to the judge in the court said, “I will not beg. Give me the punishment you deserve. Answer some of my questions. I was a terrorist. Why did 7 Prime Ministers of India keep coming to Kashmir to meet me?” ? ‘
Yasin Malik further said that if I was a terrorist then why no charge sheet was filed against me during the case. If I was a terrorist then why I was issued a passport under Prime Minister Vajpayee? If I was a terrorist then why I was given the opportunity to give lectures at important places in India and other countries.
The court ignored Yassin Malik’s questions and said that the time had passed. The court said, “Tell me, what do you want to say about the proposed sentence?” To which Yasin Malik said, “I will not beg from the court, whatever the court deems fit.”
“I have been following Gandhi’s principles for the last several decades. If Indian intelligence proves me to be involved in any terrorist activity, I will quit politics. If I am found to be involved in any violent activity, I will accept death sentence. I will not beg for punishment,” he said. Ga has left his decision to the court.