Mumbai attacks death penalty confirmed

2012-08-29 10:00
Medical staff attend to an injured patient as he arrives at The JT Hospital in Mumbai after a series of bomb blasts in the western financial city. (AFP, File)

Medical staff attend to an injured patient as he arrives at The JT Hospital in Mumbai after a series of bomb blasts in the western financial city. (AFP, File)

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New Delhi - India's Supreme Court on Wednesday confirmed the death sentence handed down to Mohammed 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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