Kasab pronounced guilty, Ansari and Sabahuddin acquitted

Last Updated: Mon, May 03, 2010 11:02 hrs

Mumbai: A special court has declared the lone captured Mumbai attacker, Ajmal Amir Kasab, guilty. He was convicted on 83 of 86 charges, including murder and waging war against the Indian state, in the November 2008 terror attack.

The quantum of punishment is expected to be pronounced on Wednesday. The arguments in the sentencing will begin on Tuesday.

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The court acquitted Kasab's co-accused, Indians Fahim Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed, for lack of evidence. They had been charged with conspiracy in the terror attacks - preparing maps of the targeted locations and handing these to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operatives. The Prosecution has said they will appeal against the acquittal.

Special Judge M.L. Tahalyani read out the 1,522-page verdict over almost three hours. He went through each of the charges against the three accused separately.

Kasab has been found guilty of killing at least 59 people in the 26/11 carnage that saw 166 Indians and foreigners being massacred and more injured. Dressed in a long white shirt from his native state of Punjab, the defendant stood impassively in the dock in the special prison court as the verdict was announced.  

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The judge also accepted the confession Kasab had given after his arrest. The court ruled that the role of Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and Kasab's Pakistani handlers had been established by the prosecution.

Kasab faced charges under the Explosives Act, the Arms Act, the Passport Act, the Prevention of Damage to Public Properties Act, the Customs Act, the Explosive Substances Act, the Bombay Police Act, the Foreigners Act and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

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The 60-hour audacious attack that began on the night of Nov 26, 2008 and went on till the afternoon of Nov 29, 2009 was carried out by 10 Pakistani terrorists including Kasab.

They targeted sites like the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel, Hotel Oberoi-Trident, the Cama Hospital and the Chabad House, a Jewish prayer centre, and the popular hangout Leopold Café.

The trial of Kasab - the only among the 10 who survived - started April 15, 2009 and was completed March 31 this year, after nearly seven months of hearings, excluding breaks and vacations.

Judge Tahaliyani recorded 3,192 pages of evidence after examining 658 witnesses on 271 working days.

The prosecution led by Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam, had submitted 1,015 articles seized during investigations and filed 1,691 documents to support the case.

For the first time in the Indian history, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officials deposed before the court and gave technical evidence. This included how the terrorists arrived from Pakistan using Global Positioning System (GPS) and that they made calls from their mobile phones through Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) to stay in touch with their handlers across the border.

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