India’s prime anti-terrorism investigation company has as soon as once more requested the dying sentence for Muhammad Yasin Malik, a distinguished Kashmiri independence chief. Malik, who’s 57 years outdated and serves because the chief of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Entrance (JKLF), was sentenced to life imprisonment final yr in a case associated to terror funding. This resolution got here after he refused to just accept a government-appointed lawyer and declined to defend himself in opposition to the fees.
The Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA) had beforehand appealed for the dying penalty, however the courtroom rejected their plea, stating that capital punishment ought to solely be reserved for crimes that “shock the collective consciousness” of society. Nevertheless, the NIA has now filed a contemporary petition with the Excessive Court docket in New Delhi, in search of a dying sentence for Malik. The listening to for this petition is scheduled to happen on Monday.
Yasin Malik has an extended historical past of imprisonment, having spent a complete of 14 years in jail the place he claims to have been subjected to torture. In 2018, he was lastly arrested, simply months earlier than New Delhi revoked the particular standing of the Indian-administered area of Jammu and Kashmir, resulting in a months-long lockdown and communication blockade.