Funding case: ‘2 accused give confessional statements’

Funding case: ‘2 accused give confessional statements’

Srinagar: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has secured recorded confessional statements on the alleged flow of money, especially from Pakistan, from two persons accused in a case related to the alleged funding of terror activities in Kashmir, officials said Tuesday.
The statements made before a judicial magistrate had tightened the case against pro-freedom leaders who allegedly funded stone-pelters and spread unrest in the Valley, NIA officials said on the condition of anonymity.
While one has been formally arrested, the other was detained and subsequently let off after he said he would turn approver, the officials said, declining to divulge their names.
The former, arrested on July 24 this year after his house was raided by the central probe agency, approached NIA sleuths, giving his consent for recording his confessional statement.
He gave a detailed account of how funds were allegedly sent from Pakistan as well as its external snooping agency ISI in the Valley, the officials said.
The other person who has recorded his confessional statement is a close aide of pro-Pakistan leader Syed Ali Geelani.
A confessional statement is recorded before a judicial magistrate. The accused confirms in it that he or she is giving a statement without any pressure from the probe agency.
The entire process is videographed and no investigation officer is present in the court premises during the proceedings. In case of retraction later, the agency can file a case of perjury.
The NIA has arrested 10 people so far in connection with alleged funding case. The list includes Altaf Ahmed Shah, the son-in-law of Geelani, and noted businessman Zahoor Watali.
Geelani’s close aides Ayaz Akbar, who is also spokesperson of the Hurriyat, and Peer Saifullah have been also been arrested.
Others in the list are Shahid-ul-Islam, spokesperson of the Hurriyat Conference (M), Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Nayeem Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar alias ‘Bitta Karate’, photo-journalist Kamran Yusuf and Javed Ahmed Bhat.
The case was registered for raising, receiving and collecting funds through various illegal means, including hawala.
The FIR also names organisations such as the two factions of the Hurriyat, one led by Geelani and the other Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the Hizbul Mujahideen and the Dukhtaran-e-Millat, an all-women outfit of separatists. PTI

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