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India court sentences 3 more defendants to death in 1993 Mumbai bombings

[JURIST] A court in India [JURIST news archive] sentenced three men to death on Tuesday for their involvement in the 1993 Mumbai bombings [BBC backgrounder] that killed 257 people and injured more than 700 in India's financial center. The court found Zakir Hussain, Abdul Akhtar Khan and Firoz Akram Amani Malik guilty of throwing grenades at houses during the bombings. A fourth man, Moin Faridullah Qureshi, was sentenced to life imprisonment instead of the death penalty because he was a minor at the time of the bombings.

Thus far the court has sentenced [JURIST report] 10 people to death and 17 to life imprisonment for involvement in the bombings. The trial, which began in 1995, included testimony from 757 witnesses and has resulted in the conviction of over 100 defendants [JURIST report], a figure that public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam described as unprecedented. Thirty-five suspects, including the alleged mastermind of the bombings, Dawood Ibrahim [BBC profile], remain at large. Reuters has more.

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