India Mumbai Attacks,Arrest Warrants- 5 Pakistanis, 2 Army Majors
India Arrest Warrants: Mumbai Attacks 2008, Red Corner Notices Issued - Illyas Kashmiri, Major Sameer Ali, Major Iqbal, Abdur Rehman Hashim alias Pasha and Sajid Majid alias Sajid Mir
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) in India has notified Interpol that it has issued arrests warrants against five Pakistani citizens, including two Army Majors, requesting that Interpol issue Red Corner Notices to the men identified on the warrants
What are Red Corner Notices?
An Interpol red notice is issued at the request of a country's law enforcement authority. The requesting country asks for a red notice to be issued when a criminal evades arrest and escapes from the country. Interpol's role is to assist the national police forces in identifying or locating those persons with a view to their arrest and extradition.
Two types of red notices can be issued: the first type is based on an arrest warrant and is issued for a person wanted for prosecution; the second type is based on a court decision for a person wanted to serve a sentence.
Interpol has issued the Red Corner Notices but at the time of this post the Pakistani government has yet to respond.
The arrests warrants come out of a National Investigation Agency (NIA) and FBI interrogation of David Coleman Headley aka Daood Gilani. In December 2009 David Coleman Headley plead not guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit murder, and providing material support for terrorists groups. Headley is also charged with "aiding and abetting the murder of US citizens in India.
With Interpol issuing the Red Corner Notices (RCN's) India is hoping the pressure will mount on Pakistan to hand over the suspect.
The RCNs have been issued against HuJI commander Ilyas Kashmiri, Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Sajid Majid, serving Pakistani army officers Major Iqbal and Major Sameer Ali and retired officer Major Abdur Rehman on the basis of non-bailable warrants secured against them by the National Investigating Agency (NIA) through a Delhi court.
Traditionally, Pakistan has not handed over citizens who face terrorism charges and it remains to be seen if they will in the case especially considering two of the accused are active duty Army Majors.
In July, Indian Home Secretary G.K. Pillai accused Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency of orchestrating the Mumbai attacks. Pillai said the information, which Pakistan has denied, came from Headley's interrogation.
A court in Mumbai in May convicted and sentenced to death Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the only surviving gunman from the attacks. He has appealed his death sentence in the Mumbai High Court.