Ansari retracts confession before MCOCA judge
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Alleged Lashkar operative Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, accused in 26/11 and several other terror attacks, claimed on Friday he was falsely implicated and his confession obtained under duress.
Ansari, who was produced before special MCOCA judge M S Modak in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case, said he was forcibly made to sign confessional statements.
Ansari is lodged in Tihar Jail and participated in hearing via video-conference. He also appointed lawyer Ejaz Naqvi to defend him.
He had confessed before a Mumbai magistrate in August. Confessions before magistrates are considered an admissible evidence in courts and cannot be retracted.
Meanwhile, Jamiat-e-Ulama, which is aiding over 300 Muslim youth facing terror charges, refused to take up Ansari's case.
"As a policy, we do not provide assistance to any person with a criminal background. We offered legal aid to Faheem Ansari and Sabahuddin in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case as we felt they were innocent. The court acquitted them and even the Supreme Court upheld the decision," said Gulzar Azmi, its legal secretary.
Ansari is an alleged handler of the 10 Pakistani terrorists who attacked Mumbai on November 26, 2008. He allegedly taught them Hindi and was allegedly present in the Lashkar "control room" in Karachi from where he allegedly gave them directions.
The prosecution claimed Ansari was also the main accused in the May 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case.