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India court issues last verdicts in 1993 Mumbai bombings case

[JURIST] An court in India [JURIST news archive] on Monday rendered the final verdicts in connection to the 1993 Mumbai bombings [BBC backgrounder] that killed more than 250 people and injured more than 700. The six convictions handed down by Judge P.D. Kode Monday bring the total in the case to 100 - a figure that public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam described as unprecedented. Twenty-three defendants were acquitted; 37 other suspects, including alleged mastermind Dawood Ibrahim [BBC profile], remain at large.

The trial, which began in 1995, included testimony from 686 witnesses. The first verdicts [JURIST report] were announced this September. The court will now begin hearing arguments on sentencing, which is expected to take place in the new year. The sentences will range from five years to life in prison. AP has more. The Times of India has local coverage.

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