Israeli Diplomat Attack: Order Reserved on Framing of Charge

New Delhi
Israeli Diplomat Attack: Order Reserved on Framing of Charge

A Delhi court has reserved for July 23 its order on framing of charges against Indian journalist Syed Mohammad Ahmed Kazmi, the lone accused in the last year's Israeli diplomat attack case.

Additional Sessions Judge Atul Kumar Garg reserved his order after hearing at length the arguments of the prosecution and that on behalf of Kazmi.

Kazmi is the sole accused in the first charge sheet filed by the Special Cell of Delhi Police in the February 13 attack in which an Israeli woman diplomat and her Indian driver were injured.

The police had on June 16 filed a supplementary charge sheet in the case.

Kazmi has been charged under various provisions of the anti-terror law, Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and other sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) including attempt to murder.

He has also been charge-sheeted under the provisions of Explosive Substances Act.

The diplomat, Tal Yehoshua, and the driver of the Embassy vehicle, were among four people injured in the blast. Kazmi was arrested on March 6.

The charge sheet also names Iranian nationals Houshang Afshar Irani, Masod Sedaghatzadeh, Syed Ali Mehdi Sadr and Mohammed Reza Abolghasemi as suspects in the case.

According to the charge sheet, Houshang Afshar Irani went to Bangkok and then to Kuala Lumpur, while Masod Sedaghatzadeh had been detained in Malaysia since March 14.

According to the police, Afshar had visited India on April 25, 2011 and left the country on May 6, 2011. He had come back to India again on January 29, 2012 but left for Malaysia on February 13 evening, within hours after the attack on the Israeli diplomat here.

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