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Canada Goose online After dabbling in cheap Canada Goose journalism, Azmi became a lawyer to espouse his convictions. Thus, it is no surprise that he has taken up for some of the accused in the July 11, 2006 train blasts in Mumbai. Canada Goose online

In an interview with Managing Editor Sheela Bhatt and Chief Correspondent Syed Firdaus Ashraf, Azmi defends the accused Faisal Attaur Rehman Shaikh, his brother Muzzamil, Zameer Latifur Rahman Shaikh, Naved Hussain, Rashid Hussain and Abdul Majeed while strongly arguing against the investigation conducted by the Maharashtra police’s Anti Terrorist Squad.

What is your view of the ATS investigation into the 11/7 blasts?

Canada Goose sale There is no investigation as such. The primary thing on which the entire case rests is the confessional statement of the canada goose clearance accused. Under the special provisions of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, their confessional statements can be used against them. Canada Goose sale

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canada goose coats on sale Our basic challenge is to this draconian law. Once this draconian law is challenged there is hardly any evidence against the accused. The only other evidence is of an eyewitness who has been an eyewitness in three other blast cases. How is it possible that this man is always in the right place at the right time? The police claim he has seen people gathering and discussing the making of a bomb. canada goose coats on sale

Who is this witness and where does he hail from?

canada goose clearance His name is Ajmeri and he is from Mumbai. According to his earlier deposition he deals in automobile batteries. He claims he saw the accused meeting and talking about planting bombs. Basically, the attempt by the prosecution is to prove a conspiracy. canada goose clearance

Apart from him there are no other witnesses. They have one more witness who is gullible. He says he was standing canadian goose jacket at platform number one at Churchgate station and witnessing the activities on platform number four.

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What are the major objections you have against the prosecution?

The first and foremost objection is to the canada goose coats confessional Canada Goose Jackets statement itself. Second, I don’t know how can this witness (Ajmeri) always be present at the right place at the right time. Third, how buy canada goose jacket cheap can you accept this sort of gullible witness? Fourth, I have an objection to the circumstances of the case itself. You see, by July 22, 2006, the police had arrested all these accused but till September 2006 they never made a claim what their link to the blasts was and how it was carried out.

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Remember the Aurangabad arms haul case? Documents prove that those people who have been arrested in the buy canada goose jacket 11/7 case were first Canada Goose Parka named in the Aurangabad arms haul case. The police later found a better opportunity to implicate them in the 11/7 case. They used this opportunity to involve as many people as they could who were already under the scanner.

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The police seized weapons on the Malegaon Aurangabad highway. It was the first time the name of Faisal Shaikh came up, allegedly the kingpin in the 11/7 case. It was in May 2006. The police arrested the guys who were wanted in the Aurangabad arms haul case and implicated them in 11/7.

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Let me explain. That area is an isolated and sparsely populated place. Nobody stays in that area. Why would a terrorist who wants to hide choose such an area? It is not like he is a petty thief. The police is saying he is a terrorist. Terrorists always hide in places where you find a lot of other people. In a city like Mumbai, if you live in an isolated place you can avoid people for a day or two but on the third day someone will question your presence there. According to the police the terrorists were staying there for a month and nobody saw canada goose clearance sale them. It canada goose black friday sale is impossible to stay there. This place is known for staged encounters in Mumbai.

Since you are a defence lawyer, you are expected to say these things.

canada goose black friday sale It is not so. My clients have consistently said they are innocent. Here is one case where I am damn sure that the arrested people are innocent. Their best years will be destroyed in jails and they will bear the brunt of the case in spite of being innocent. canada goose black friday sale

So, you believe the police has fixed them all?

I will just give you an example. Open Secrets, a book by M K Dhar, former joint director, Intelligence Bureau, claims that they (the Intelligence Bureau) identified Muslim groups who were a potential threat or potentially militant minded.

uk canada goose outlet They then planted their agent and when we see these cases and then analyse we see a common, monotonous thing happen. In every case, you hear the police claim that how Muslims go to Pakistan, take training, acquire arms and it is during the acquisition of arms that they are arrested. uk canada goose outlet

The police say the missions failed. There can be failure of one mission here or there but not a consistent failure of missions since 1992. Somewhere there is a pattern canada goose store to the manner in which the police works.

canada goose store How can you make such a claim when actual blasts are taking place? Not all missions fail. canada goose store

There are clear demarcations where cases have happened and where it has not happened. The cases where blasts have not happened you will see that the people who get caught are cadre based, like the Students Islamic Movement of India.

Canada Goose Coats On Sale Where missions have taken place they are not from organisations. So what has happened? The police have kept an eye on Muslim organisations who could be a potential threat but they have not been able to do anything. They were annihilated and eliminated before that. Certain sectors where they were not identified, blasts are happening. It is not happening from Muslim jihadi organisation but some other elements like Canada Goose Outlet renegades working for the State Canada Goose Coats On Sale.

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