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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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  • Published: 09:18 August 29, 2012

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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.

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.

Comments (12)

  1. Added 08:40 August 30, 2012

    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 and procedures 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 and appreciates 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, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 22:59 August 29, 2012

    Its really bad to see him still alive. It's going to be 4 years now and this guy is still alive. I feel sorrow towards those families which are destroyed by these guys and waiting for justice to those dead. all these four years they have their wounds still fresh, but our govt is giving him chance over chance for his mercy. I say bring him to public and let public give punishment. Others will think twice before even attempting something like that.

    praveen, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 21:28 August 29, 2012

    I think everybody have the right to ask for clemency.

    Anonymous, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 20:39 August 29, 2012

    Delay and more delay. Kasab actually should be dead 4 years ago. Wasting lots of Indian tax payers' money.

    Junaid, Ajman, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 17:25 August 29, 2012

    thanks to Justice of India. world is better place without him

    hayat khan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 16:43 August 29, 2012

    Clemnecy from the President of India for waging war against India and killing innocents, Brandishing his gun, all out in public. his photograph is more than ample proof of his crimes. may the law of the land reign supreme!

    Anony, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 16:00 August 29, 2012

    after 4 year you are given deth panality, this not good you have to take action immediately

    imran, peshaware, Pakistan

  8. Added 15:38 August 29, 2012

    Dont undestand why this seems to be so complicated. Simple and short, death penalty for Kasab. Why is he still alive today? What about the justice to all the innocent lives lost?

    Roma, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 15:06 August 29, 2012

    Thanks to Justice of India - at last peoples who suffer get little relief that he will be hanged till death..

    I. Kapoor, Mumbai, India

  10. Added 14:55 August 29, 2012

    Again its all part of corruption. This guy is having the most wonderful time in his life now. AC life, 5 star food, 5 star toilet, 100 gunmen for protection etc.etc. and after killing 166 people. And this guy really deserves the death penalty ... These kind of people deserves only these kind of punishment.

    Mohamed Thariq Azad, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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