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India Supreme Court upholds death sentence for Mumbai attacker

August 29, 2012

NEW DELHI: India’s Supreme Court today upheld the death sentence for Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, the lone survivor of a group of militants who attacked the country’s financial capital, Mumbai, in 2008 killing 166 people.

“The Supreme Court has today dismissed the appeal of Mohammad Kasab,” Gopal Subramaniam, a lawyer for the prosecution, told reporters after the verdict.

Kasab, a Pakistani national who said he belonged to the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, was found guilty on more than 80 charges in May 2010, including murder and waging war on India, and was sentenced to death by hanging.

He was filmed walking through Mumbai’s main train station carrying an AK-47 and a knapsack on his back during an attack in which nearly 60 people were gunned down.

It was part of a series of coordinated strikes on key landmarks in the city, including luxury hotels and a Jewish centre.

The three-day rampage led to an increase in tension between India and its nuclear-armed neighbour Pakistan, causing a temporary suspension of peace talks.



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