A Pakistani anti-terrorism court has sentenced Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba armed group, to five and a half years in prison in a case related to terrorism financing, his lawyer says.

Saeed was convicted and sentenced on two counts by a court in the eastern city of Lahore on Wednesday, Imran Gill, the lawyer, told Al Jazeera.

He was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment for being a member of a “proscribed organisation” under Pakistani law, and another five years for a charge related to “illegal property”, Gill said.

The arrest and charging of Saeed, the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed more than 160 people, has been a long-standing demand of the United States and Pakistan’s neighbour India.

Saeed was indicted on terrorism financing charges last December.

Last March, Pakistan formally banned Saeed’s charity Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and other associated organisations, after years of allowing them to operate freely across the country.

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