August 29th, 2012
02:11 AM ET

Indian Supreme Court upholds death sentence for Mumbai gunman

he Indian Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the death sentence for Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the only surviving gunman from the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, prosecution lawyer Gopal Subramaniam said.

A court sentenced Kasab, a Pakistani, to death in 2010 on charges of murder, conspiracy and waging war on India. The High Court of Mumbai upheld his conviction and sentence in February last year.

Authorities of the Mumbai prison where Kasab is being held then filed a plea on his behalf to the Supreme Court.

Now that his appeal has been rejected by India's highest court, the last avenue open to Kasab is to file a clemency petition with the president.

During the November 2008 assault on Mumbai, 10 heavily armed men attacked landmarks around the city, including the luxury Taj Mahal Palace and Tower and Oberoi-Trident hotels, the Victoria Terminus train station, and the Jewish cultural center, Chabad House.

More than 160 people were killed in the coordinated attacks that lasted three days.

Indian forces killed nine of the suspects, but Kasab, who was photographed holding an assault weapon during the violence, survived and was arrested.

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  1. saywhat

    Death is what those who kill innocent, defenseless people deserve. Prisons are not justice enough.

    August 29, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kenney

    How could anyone on this earth not have some kind of conscience before during and after something like this it goes to show we do have monsters in our presence this terrorist should pay the price his life for 160 a small price to pay i would say

    August 30, 2012 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
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