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Kashmir separatist leader may be denied fair trial

Human rights advocates have warned that Yasin Malik, leader of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) will be denied a fair trial.

According to Khurram Parvez, head of the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances and coordinator of Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), questions have been raised over the cases brought against Malik. Parvez stated;

"Fair trial is a globally recognised right for everyone. If you are suddenly pulling out old cases and not even allowing the accused to properly represent his case, then there would definitely be question marks over it," 

Malik is accused of “terror and separatist funding” and killing four Indian Air Force officers in 1990. He is also accused of orchestrating the kidnapping of Rubaiya Sayeed, the daughter of the then federal home minister and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, in 1989. India’s National Investigation Agency, arrested him in April 2019, after already being imprisoned under the draconian PSA (Public Safety Act) which permits detention without trial. 

The JKLF, which Malik heads, is an organisation that is banned by the Indian government which claim they foster terrorism.

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