India's top court upholds death penalty for Mumbai attacks gunman

Kasab, one of 10 gunmen who laid siege to Mumbai in attacks that lasted nearly three days and killed 166 people, had appealed claiming he had not been given a fair trial

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Kasab, one of 10 gunmen who laid siege to Mumbai in attacks that lasted nearly three days and killed 166 people, had appealed claiming he had not been given a fair trial.
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New Delhi: India's Supreme Court on Wednesday confirmed the death sentence handed down to Mohammad Kasab, the lone surviving gunman from the 2008 Mumbai attacks in which 166 people were killed.

Pakistan-born Kasab, one of 10 gunmen who laid siege to Mumbai in attacks that lasted nearly three days, had appealed against the sentence and claimed he had not been received a fair trial.

"We are left with no option but to award death penalty," the two judges said in a court order. "The primary and foremost offence committed by Kasab is waging war against the government of India."

The judges had opened the appeal by Kasab, who is being held in a maximum-security prison in Mumbai, in January.

He was found guilty in a Mumbai court on charges, including waging war against India, murder and terrorist acts, and was handed the death penalty in May 2010.

After losing his Supreme Court petition, Kasab is expected to lodge a final appeal for clemency with the president.

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I have heard this propaganda for a while, that Indian Government is not hanging him, and is giving him 5 star facilities in jail. We should not forget that India is the world's largest democracy and has one of the most acclaimed judiciary. We need to follow certain standards andprocedures before finalizing the verdict. India cannot just execute criminals without a trial. Unless there was this time consuming trial, India wouldn't have been able to provide proof and facts to the international community on who was behind the attacks. Now the whole world knows andappreciates the fact that Kasab was given a fair chance to defend himself. So now, Indian government can go ahead and execute the Supreme Court's verdict!

Shibs Abraham

30 August 2012 10:11jump to comments
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