Portugal jails Abu Salem for false papers
LISBON: One of India’s most wanted men was convicted in Portugal on Friday on charges of using false documents and resisting arrest and sentenced to four and a half years in prison.
Abu Salem is wanted in India on charges stemming from 1993 bombings that killed 260 people in Bombay. India has been trying to extradite Salem since Portuguese police arrested him together with his wife and another suspect in September 2002.
Judge Francisco Caramelo told a Lisbon court Salem had been convicted on charges of possession and use of false documents and resisting arrest and he was also ordered to pay court costs.
Salem’s wife, Monica Bedi, was sentenced to two years in prison on charges of using false documents. The couple stood silently in the dock as the judge read their sentences.
The third suspect has been released. —Reuters