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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

India appeals court upheld death sentence for Mumbai gunman
Garrett Eisenhour at 12:00 AM ET

On February 21, 2011, the Bombay High Court upheld the death sentence conviction of Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab. Kasab is the only surviving gunman of terrorist attacks in Mumbai which led to 166 deaths in November 2008. The decision came alongside convictions of two other men held as accomplices for their roles in the attack, which were allegedly coordinated by the Pakistani militant group Lashkatr-e-Taiba. Two weeks before the decision, Special Court Judge ML Tahiiyani denied Kasab's request for an international venue. Though he initially confessed to the crimes, Kasab later withdrew his confession and claimed that he had been tortured and framed by Indian police.

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Learn more about the Mumbai terrorist attacks and the laws governing terrorism from the JURIST news archive, and read commentary on Kasab's death sentence from JURIST Guest Columnist Animesh Roul in Hotline.

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