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Geelani hawala trial will proceed

March 1, 2012

This trial concerns the transfer of 4.57 crore (ten million) Indian rupees, or approximately one million USD, through the traditional Islamic money system known as hawala, from Pakistan to India to fuel hardline jihadists in their terrorist pursuit of independence for Kashmir.  Hawala is a very common method of supporting the ongoing jihad by Muslims against India, and has been a central funding mechanism behind the terrorist attacks in India.

From The Hindu on Feb. 19:

A court here on Saturday decided to place on trial a close associate of hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and three other accused for allegedly running a hawala racket that channelled money from Pakistan to India to fund terror activities.

Special National Investigation Agency Judge H.S. Sharma ordered framing of charges against Geelani-aide Ghulam Mohammed Bhat, Mohammed Sidiq Ganai, Ghulam Jeelani Liloo and Farooq Ahmed Dagga on March 3 under various Sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

The NIA had on July 20 filed its charge sheet alleging that Rs.4.57 crore was transferred from Pakistan through hawala channels from 2008 for funding terror activities in Kashmir. The case was initially registered by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police on January 16, 2011. The Special Cell arrested the four persons in Srinagar on January 22, 2011, and allegedly recovered Rs.21.20 lakh, mobile phone sets, SIM cards and other incriminating materials from them. The NIA took over the case on April 25. Both agencies are believed to have questioned Mr. Geelani, who reportedly told them he received funds from various sources but had no links with Mr. Bhat’s alleged hawala transactions.

The NIA had said the accused persons “hatched a criminal conspiracy for collecting funds from Pakistan through the hawala channels, to disburse among separatist leaders, members of terrorist organisations and others for the purpose of promoting terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir. The money seized was meant for inciting secessionist activities and fuelling terrorism in the State.”

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