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German bakery blast: Relatives approach Jamiatul Ulema for appeal in HC

Thursday April 18, 2013 06:20:43 PM, Special Correspondent

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Mumbai: Soon after a Pune court sentenced  German Bakery blast convict Himayat Baig to death for his role in the terror attack which left 17 people dead in February 2010, his relatives claiming that he was innocent approached Jamiat Ulama for appeal in the High Court.

Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, a prominent body of Muslims, provides free legal aid to Muslim youth who had been falsely implicated in different cases.

Thirty-one-year-old Baig has been sentenced to death by a Pune court on Thusrday in the February 13, 2010 German Bakery blasts case.

Baig's brother Tariq Baig and other relatives met Gulzar Azmi, a social activist, who heads the Legal Cell of Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind and appealed for legal aid needed for the appeal in the higher court.

“The family members of Himayat Baig met us. They claimed that he was innocent and falsely dragged into the case by the Anti-Terrorism Squad. We have not yet decided anything. Once they get the copy of the judgment, we would study it and then decide it on the merits of the case,” Azmi said in a statement sent to

He added that they would “check all facts of the case” before taking a decision.


“Our panel of experts and legal advisors would go through each and every detail and if we are convinced that he was innocent, we would take a decision on this,” Azmi said.

“Our policy is very clear, we extend legal aid, only if we are convinced that the person is innocent,” he said, pointing out that in the past too they have extended legal aid to many accused – and have fought the case successfully in trial courts, high courts and Supreme Court.

The Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind has defended the accused 7/11 train blasts case , 26/11 (legal aid to Fahim Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed), Malegaon blasts case (2006), Aurangabad Arms haul case (2006), Mulund blast case, Gateway of India blasts case, 13/7 Mumbai triple blasts case, Arthur Road jail assault case, Indian Mujahedeen cases (Ahmadabad, Delhi, Mumbai), Akshardham attack case, Kolkata American Centre attack case, Haren Pandya murder trial, Qateel Siddiqui murder probe, Mozawalla case (Official Secrets Act), and others.







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