2008 Mumbai siege: Kasab appeals against death penalty

Ajamal Kasab was one of 10 gunmen who laid siege to Mumbai in 2008.

Afp February 01, 2012

NEW DELHI: The lone surviving gunman from the 2008 Mumbai attacks began a Supreme Court appeal against his death sentence on Tuesday by claiming that he had not received a fair trial. A lawyer read out a statement in court from Ajamal Kasab, one of 10 gunmen who laid siege to Mumbai in the attacks that lasted nearly three days and killed 166 people. “I have been wrongly held guilty because I was denied a fair trial. I was denied a counsel,” Kasab, who was not in court on Tuesday, said in a statement read by his appeal lawyer Raju Ramachandran. “The prosecution has failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt the charges against me... I may be guilty of killing people and carrying out a terrorist act but I am not guilty of waging war against the state.”

Published in The Express Tribune, February 1st, 2012.


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