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Monday, May 3, 2010

Indian court convicts Mumbai attacks gunman

MUMBAI : Ajmal Amir Kasab who was the lone surviving gunman from the 2008 Mumbai attacks was convicted on Monday of murder and waging war against India for his role in the 60-hour siege that left 166 people dead.

Kasab, 22, was found guilty on almost all of the 86 charges he faced over the assault that saw 10 gunmen strike three luxury hotels, a restaurant, a Jewish centre and the main CST train station.

"You have been found guilty of waging war against India and killing people at CST, killing government officials and abetting the other nine terrorists," judge M.L. Tahaliyani said in Hindi as he delivered his verdict

The judge said Kasab had been trained in Pakistan to fight a war against India and had been directly or jointly responsible for the deaths of 52 people in the train station, one of the bloodiest episodes of the onslaught.

He will be sentenced on Tuesday and faces the death sentence for the murder and waging war convictions, the most serious contained in the 11,000 pages of charges against him. Indian nationals Fahim Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed, accused of providing logistical support to the gunmen by supplying them with handwritten maps of the city, were found not guilty in a major rebuff to the prosecution.-

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