Mumbai : Advocate Khan Abdul Wahab, who is appearing on behalf of alleged Lashkar-e-Taibaa handler Abu Jundal in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, said that any person, whatever by the nature of the case against him, must get a free trial.
Speaking with The Free Press Journal, Wahab said that the issue should not be about finishing a trial quickly or about what language is used to speak with a particular witness during the trial. “It is important that every accused person must get a chance to give his side of the story, and this is the reason I am fighting for my client, Abu Jundal, whose real name is Zabiuddin Ansari,” the lawyer said.
When asked what had prompted him to take up this case, Wahab said that he is a lawyer and he is free to take up any case that comes his way. “There was no inspiration or motivation behind taking this case, and I am taking this like any other matter,” he said.
When asked about his line of argument in this case, the lawyer said that he has taken up this matter recently and will need some time to study this in detail. “I have to study all the documents related to this case, and in fact I still do not have a copy of the audio CD that was played in the court last week,” he claimed. He will need to cross examine David Headley, who is an important witness in this case, and hence will have to decide on what line of questioning he will take in this regard.
The lawyer expressed full confidence that he will be able to defend his client if he is given a chance to do this. “I am surprised that when the witness, David Headley, does not have any problem in speaking in Hindi or Urdu, why should anyone else have any objection to this,” Wahab said. When asked about his experience in dealing with such high profile case, the lawyer said that he has been in this field for a long time and is known in the legal circles for his skills.
“My only request is that I should be given a full chance to get to the details of the case so I can get justice for my client,” Wahab said. The lawyer has asked for an adjournment till February 22 to inform the court when it would be possible for him to carry out the cross examination of Headley, after which the process would start.