Pakistani court orders release of Hafiz Saeed


LAHORE -- A Pakistani court Wednesday (November 22) ordered the release of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, one of the alleged masterminds of the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed more than 160 people.

Saeed, who has a US State Department bounty of 10 million (Rs. 1 billion) on his head, was briefly placed under house arrest in 2008. He was arrested once more in January this year after years of foreign pressure.

Saeed will be freed Thursday (November 23) after less than a year in detention following the decision by the Lahore High Court, a JuD official said.

"The review board looking into the case... has refused to extend his house arrest as the government failed to provide any evidence against the charges," a spokesman for the party, Ahmed Nadeen, said.

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