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Kasab held guilty; 2 Indians acquitted


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Mumbai, May 3: Mohammad Ajmal Amir Qasab, 22, the sole surviving gunman, was found guilty on charges including murder, waging war on India and possessing explosives.

The attacks in November 2008 left 174 people - including nine gunmen - dead, and soured ties between India and neighbouring Pakistan.

 



India blames Pakistan-based militants Lashkar-e-Taiba for the attacks. After initial denials, Pakistan acknowledged that the attacks had been partially planned on its territory and that Qasab was one of its citizens.

Two Indian men - Fahim Ansari and Sabahuddin Ahmed - who were accused of helping the gunmen plan the attacks, were acquitted by the presiding judge at the court in Mumbai.

Qasab’s 271-day trial was conducted amid tight security in a specially-made court on the jail premises in Mumbai where he was being held. The prosecution is seeking the death penalty for Qasab.

Over the past 14 months, the trial witnessed a number of twists and turns. Qasab originally denied the charges against him but last July, in a dramatic outburst in court, he admitted his role and asked to be hanged. His plea was not accepted and the trial continued.

In November, the main lawyer representing Qasab - who was arrested on the first day of the attacks - was removed from the case after the judge said he was delaying proceedings.

Late last year, Pakistan charged seven people in connection with the attacks, including the suspected mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, who is alleged to head Lashkar-e-Taiba.


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