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Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik sentenced to life imprisonment in terror funding case

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Yasin Malik was sentenced to life imprisonment today by a special Delhi court after being convicted in a terror funding case (Pic. Courtesy Twitter/@ani_digital)

Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik was today sentenced to life imprisonment by a special Delhi court after being convicted in a terror funding case.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had argued for a death penalty in the case as it told the court that that Malik was responsible for the Kashmiri exodus.

However, the defence lawyers pleaded for life imprisonment, which was the minimum penalty.

 "Two life sentences and five punishments of 10 years of rigorous imprisonment have been awarded. All sentences are to run concurrently. A monetary penalty of over Rs 10 lakh has also been levied, NDTV cited lawyer Umesh Sharma as saying.

Malik had earlier pleaded guilty to all the charges including those under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) in the terror funding case.

Malik said that if Indian Intelligence can prove that he had been involved in any terrorist activity or violence in 28 years, then he would retire from politics, and will also accept the hanging.

The judge, however, said that since he has already been convicted, there was no point in arguing on the facts of the case and that he had already been given the opportunity.

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