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Tape will have no effect on case: Sarabjit's lawyer

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September 11, 2005 20:39 IST

A day after Pakistan's state owned TV broadcast a purported statement of Sarabjit Singh confessing that he had carried out bomb blasts in 1990, his lawyer on Sunday said he was not in the know of existence of such a recording and it was not part of the court record.

Raha Abdul Hamid said there was nothing new in the PTV broadcast and it would have no effect on the case. Sarabjit, who Pakistan claims is Manjit Singh, has been condemned to death for his alleged involvement in bomb blasts in Lahore and Multan.

"This confession on video or audio, to my knowldge has not been produced before court at any time of trial nor is it part of record. ItĀ cannot be presumed that it is a statement," he said.

"Legally the statement is not on record, nor is it in theĀ file of the case," Hamid said.

He said the purported statement was on the same lines as Sarabjit's confession made before the area magistrate as available in court records.

He, however, refused to comment on the timing of the broadcast by the state-run television and said that the main argument of the defence was that Sarabjit's confessional statement was made under duress and not an independent statement.

In the broadcast, which could have been recorded earlier, Sarabjit admitted that he was a Research and Analysis Wing agent and was involved in five blasts.

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